Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has described Norway striker as a huge competitor after his display in City’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg win over RB Leipzig.
Recall that City thrashed Leipzig 7-0 on Tuesday, March 14 at the Etihad Stadium.
Star striker Haaland scored five goals in the encounter, IIkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne scored a goal apiece.
Guardiola praised Haaland and highlighted his ball contact during the game.
“Five goals what can I say? I said many times he’s a joyful guy. His mood in the locker room is always happiness,” mancity.com quoted Guardiola as saying
“He’s a gift to all of us. He is a huge competitor, his mentality is there. He scored five goals which is not easy.
“Today he scored five goals and I think he made 30-35 ball contacts and this what we’re looking for. It is difficult to score –he can do it though –when you don’t touch the ball for 40 or 50 minutes.”
Haaland is current highest goalscorer in the Champions League with 10 goals in six matches.
He is also the leading in the Premier League with 28 goals and five assists in 26 matches.
City’s next game is an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Burnley on Saturday March 18 at the Etihad Stadium.