Erling Haaland reveals what he told Pep Guardiola after being denied DOUBLE hat-trick
The Norwegian goal machine became just the third player ever to score five goals in a single game in Europe’s elite club competition on Tuesday night as RB Leipzig were defeated 7-0 and 8-1 on aggregate in the round of 16 second leg.
It was a brutally clinical performance from Haaland, who has now scored 39 goals in just 36 city games in all competitions since arriving in a £51million transfer from Borussia Dortmund last summer and set a new club record for most goals in a single season, with Tommy Johnson’s previous mark of 38 standing since 1929.
The 22-year-old now has five City hat-tricks and a remarkable 17 three-pointers for his young career, beating Kylian Mbappe as the youngest player to ever score 30 Champions League goals.
Before Tuesday, only the legendary Lionel Messi had ever scored five times in a single Champions League knockout game – for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen in a round of 16 in 2012.
The night could have been better for Haaland but he was substituted after 63 minutes by manager Pep Guardiola, prompting a well-deserved standing ovation, with one eye firmly on Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final game against Vincent Kompany’s Burnley and a frantic title fight in the Premier League was directed with Arsenal.
The list of players who have scored a double hat-trick in football is short, although Haaland didn’t seem too disappointed that he was denied the opportunity to make even more city history.
“I said him [Guardiola] When I left, “I’d love to score a double hat-trick”. But what can I do? I had to go,” he told BT Sport, smiling.
“It’s a big night,” he said. “First of all, I’m proud to play in this competition, I love it. Five goals! Winning 7-0 is unbelievable.”
When asked which of the five was his favorite goal, an honest Haaland replied: “I’m blurred in my head. I remember shooting but not thinking. I was so tired after my celebrations.
“My super strength is scoring goals. Should I be honest? I wouldn’t have thought that many goals today. I was just trying to get it to the back of the net. A lot of that is being quick in the head and trying to place it where the goalie isn’t.
“We worked on pressing yesterday, especially at home we have to run and press. We’re so good at getting the ball. I think we should do that more.
“I think we can use that more [pressing], there is more space for the boys in between to play. Compared to last year and now we can play with a striker behind us and I’m trying to achieve that.”
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