Erling Haaland compared to Johan Cruyff and Ibrahimovic by Guardiola

Erling Haaland has now scored 13 goals in just nine appearances across all competitions.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola compared Erling Haaland to the great Johan Cruyff after his winning goal against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old said that the striker’s acrobatic winner evoked memories of Cruyff who is one of the biggest influences on the City boss.

The Cityzens conceded the first goal in the second half at the Etihad but fought back to seal a brilliant victory in the end.

Jude Bellingham scored the opener before John Stones and Haaland struck two quick goals to make it two wins from two Champions League matches for Pep’s side.

Guardiola later said (as per The Guardian): “The people who know me maybe know the influence Johan Cruyff had on my life as a person, as an educator, as a mentor, as a coach and everything.

“Years ago Johan Cruyff scored an incredible goal in Camp Nou for Barcelona against Atlético Madrid similar to Haaland.

“The moment Erling scored I thought: ‘Johan Cruyff’. It was quite, quite similar. It was an incredible assist by João and the finishing from Erling was exceptional.”

The Norwegian has now scored an incredible 13 goals in just nine appearances across all competitions. He registered two hat-tricks in the English top flight, making him the quickest individual in league history to do so.


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