Erling Haaland brands Man City manager Pep Guardiola as a ‘football FREAK’


Erling Haaland brands Man City manager Pep Guardiola as a ‘football FREAK’ after getting to grips with his tactics… as the Norwegian hitman continues to thrive under the Spaniard’s ‘complicated system’

  • Manchester City’s Erling Haaland has labelled Pep Guardiola as a ‘football freak’ 
  • The 22-year-old has thrived under the Spanish manager’s ‘complicated’ set-up
  • The Norwegian star has scored 12 goals in just eight matches so far this season

Erling Haaland has labelled Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as a ‘football freak’, lauding the Spaniard’s ‘complicated’ tactical approach so far this season.

Having effortlessly slotted into City’s set-up, the 22-year-old superstar has netted two hat-tricks and a total of 12 goals in just eight games, following his £51million summer move from Borussia Dortmund in July.

Despite his record-breaking start to the campaign, Haaland admitted it has taken a while to fully get to grips with his manager’s demands on the pitch.

Erling Haaland has described Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola as a ‘football freak’ 

The Norwegian star has thrived under Guardiola, scoring 12 goals in only eight matches so far

The Norwegian star has thrived under Guardiola, scoring 12 goals in only eight matches so far

Eager to draw parallels between his approach to football and Guardiola’s, Haaland told Telemundo Deportes: ‘I think he’s a kind of a bit of a football freak like me.

‘We both love football and yeah, he was a player now he’s a manager and yeah, he’s crazy about football and this is something I like because he thinks of everything in football, and how you can do things better, and this is what I like about [him].

‘It’s been good so far [settling in]. You can see with the goals and how we’ve been playing. 

‘It’s a really complicated system and I’ve been going in the team and trying to get it [the tactics] as quick as I can because there is no time. 

He scored back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in August

He scored back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in August

‘I cannot waste time doing anything else. So I’ve been trying to go into into the team as quick as I can. It’s a nice system, a really complicated system, but it’s really nice.’ 

Haaland netted twice on his Premier League debut against West Ham before grabbing an assist in Man City’s 4-0 triumph against Bournemouth.

From there, the Norwegian hitman has scored 10 in his last five matches in all competitions, celebrating consecutive hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest and most recently a brace against Sevilla in the Champions League.

Haaland admitted it took him a while to fully get to grips with Guardiola's 'complicated' set-up

Haaland admitted it took him a while to fully get to grips with Guardiola’s ‘complicated’ set-up

Haaland added: ‘I love the Champions League. I have to say this. Everybody knows this and yeah, it’s a big dream for me

‘Yeah, when I wake up every morning, I listen to this song [Champions League anthem]. 

‘It’s my favourite competition and I always loved the Champions League.’

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