Erling Haaland at Manchester City ‘to win the Champions League’
Erling Haaland admits he is at Manchester City to win the Champions League.
The prolific Norwegian striker stole the show again with an impressive five-goal tally as City beat RB Leipzig 7-0 on Tuesday.
His performance propelled City into the quarterfinals and underscored their determination to finally win the one big prize they eluded.
“Of course the club wants to win the Champions League,” said Haaland, who has now scored an incredible 39 goals in 36 appearances for City since moving from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
“They have won four of the last five Premier League titles. They didn’t make me win the Premier League because they already know how to win it.
“You can read between the lines. I’m here to try to develop the club even further and win the Champions League for the first time.”
Haaland had people reaching for the record books as he almost single-handedly dismantled Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium.
Only the third player to score five goals in a single Champions League game, he has taken his tally to 33 goals in 25 games in the competition. This made him the fastest player to reach 30 goals and the youngest at 22 years and 236 days.
He also eclipsed Tommy Johnson’s 1928-29 club record of 38 goals in a single season.
Despite all this, he insisted his appetite for goals was far from satisfied and that he hoped to do even better.
He told CBS, “I knew I was going to score goals because how many did they score last season? Probably 100. When I saw them without a forward and they crossed the ball, I thought, ‘Ah, I’d like to be there!’
“But there is so much potential in this team and I think we can still improve a lot. It’s easy to say, but I could have scored more goals. I missed a lot of chances.
“I can improve in everything. I need to get a lot better – header, passing, everything.”
City’s performance allayed concerns after last month’s 1-1 first leg draw.
Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne also joined the scoring charts as they went on to an 8-1 aggregate win.
“The feeling is incredible,” said Haaland, who has now scored five hat-tricks this season. “It’s a statement to the tournament, a tournament that I love. I’m really proud and happy.”
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