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“Scoring goals is my biggest strength,” says Erling Haaland after netting five in Man City’s UEFA Champions League victory over RB Leipzig

Scoring goals is my biggest strength, says Erling Haaland after netting five in Man City's UEFA Champions League victory over RB Leipzig

Manchester City’s 7-0 victory over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League was a historic one, thanks to the performance of one player in particular – Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland, the 22-year-old Norwegian striker, scored five goals in the match and became the youngest player in the competition’s history to score 30 goals in just 25 matches and now has a tally of 33 goals in 25 matches. He achieved this milestone faster than any other player in the tournament’s history, cementing his status as one of the world’s most talented footballers.

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After the match, Haaland spoke to BT Sport about the incredible victory. “It’s a big night,” he said. “First of all to play in the Champions League, I’m proud to play in it – I love this competition as everyone knows. Five goals and to win 7-0 at home, I’m so happy.”

Erling Haaland holding the match ball and Man of the Match trophy after a great performance against RB Leipzig

Erling Haaland holding the match ball and Man of the Match trophy after a great performance against RB Leipzig (Image by Man City).

When asked about his favourite goal from the match, Haaland was a bit unsure. “I’m a bit blurry in my head so I don’t remember them! I was just shooting!” he laughed. “I was so tired as well after the celebrations.”

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Haaland also spoke about the team’s strategy going into the match, particularly their pressing game. “We worked on the pressing yesterday,” he explained. “Especially at home and every game, we have to put pressure and run. We are so good at winning the ball back. It was part of the plan.”

Erling Haaland scores five as City hit seven to secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals

As for his own strengths as a player, Haaland had no trouble answering. “I think after scoring five goals, I have to say scoring goals!” he said. “A lot of goals today I did not think, I was just doing it. Same with every goal, I didn’t think. A lot of it is being quick in the mind and putting it where the keeper is not. A lot of it is in the head, I think.”

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Haaland’s performance in the match was nothing short of incredible, and it’s clear that he has a bright future ahead of him in football. Manchester City fans will be eagerly anticipating the draw for the quarter-finals, where they will find out who their next opponents will be as they look to continue their impressive run in the Champions League.

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# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 26 18 6 2 63 25 +38 60
2 Manchester City 26 18 5 3 59 26 +33 59
3 Arsenal 26 18 4 4 62 23 +39 58
4 Aston Villa 26 16 4 6 56 35 +21 52
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 26 14 2 10 36 36 +0 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 26 10 9 7 49 41 +8 39
8 West Ham United 26 11 6 9 40 46 -6 39
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 11 5 10 40 40 +0 38
10 Newcastle United 26 11 4 11 54 45 +9 37
11 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
12 Fulham 26 9 5 12 36 42 -6 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 7 7 12 31 44 -13 28
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 33 47 -14 28
15 Everton 26 8 7 11 28 34 -6 25
16 Brentford 26 7 4 15 37 48 -11 25
17 Nottingham Forest 26 6 6 14 34 48 -14 24
18 Luton Town 25 5 5 15 35 51 -16 20
19 Burnley 26 3 4 19 25 58 -33 13
20 Sheffield United 26 3 4 19 22 66 -44 13
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