Erling Haaland ‘superhuman’ with superb karate goal for Man City against Borussia Dortmund compared to Barcelona icon Johan Cruyff by Pep Guardiola


We need to talk about Erling.

Just when it looked like a way to contain the Manchester City juggernaut had been found, Haaland produced a moment of absolute brilliance to defeat his former club Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

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Do not adjust your screen. Haaland really scored from here

Haaland moments after scoring the goal suggests he even surprises himself

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Haaland moments after scoring the goal suggests he even surprises himself

The 22-year-old Norwegian showed incredible acrobatics to shoot in the decisive goal, which saw him lift his left leg about six feet in the air as he came on the end of Joao Cancelo’s delightful cross from left.

The goal was superhuman effort, suggested talkSPORT’s Micky Gray.

“It’s 26 out of 21 for Erling Haaland in Champions League football, it’s just unbelievable,” Gray said in a comment.

“The next time this guy steps onto the football pitch, he’ll be wearing a cape! He is so good.

“You don’t see it for 75 minutes… what a superstar they have on their hands.”

Haaland now has 13 goals in just nine appearances for Man City and his killer play inside the box reminds Jason Cundy of one of English football’s greatest poachers.

“He’s becoming one of the most incredible strikers,” Cundy said on The Sports Bar.

“I haven’t seen him put his shoelaces through a shot yet. He doesn’t have to because he just hits the ball. It’s a stroked karate kick…it’s an outrageous finish.

“He’s a six-yard striker. Gary Lineker was like that, it’s ten times Gary Lineker, it’s Gary Lineker on steroids! Cundy added.

Gary Lineker knew exactly where the goal was

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Gary Lineker knew exactly where the goal was

But Haaland offers so much more, believes Cundy

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But Haaland offers so much more, believes Cundy

However, Haaland’s exploits reminded Pep Guardiola of an even bigger icon of the game – Johan Cruyff.

The Dutch icon, the former manager of Guardiola, scored a superb goal with the outside of his right heel for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid in the 1973/74 season.

“What a goal,” the City boss said of Haaland’s strike. “I remember a long time ago in Barcelona, ​​Johan Cruyff scored quite a similar one against Atletico Madrid. It’s good that Erling emulated Johan Cruyff.

“Maybe people who know me know Cruyff’s influence in my life as a person, a mentor and a manager. Years ago he scored at the Camp Nou and scored a goal against Atleti. was quite similar to Haaland and the moment he tagged him, I felt Cruyff.

He added of his Norwegian superstar: “I remember my dear friend a little [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, who has this ability to put his foot on the roof, and Erling are quite similar on this.

“I think it’s his nature. He’s springy, he’s flexible and has the ability to make contact and put the ball in the net.

Haaland’s record in the Champions League is astonishing.

He scored 26 goals in just 21 European games and although Dortmund kept him quiet for long stretches, they couldn’t stop that moment of magic.

His confidence was clear when asked about Dortmund’s ability to stop him for long stretches.

His response: “They didn’t stop me, I scored!”

What a superstar.

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