Erling Haaland says missing out on the World Cup was a “stimulus and motivation” which made him “a bit angry” after he became the first player to score 20 Premier League goals before January in his 3-1 win at Manchester City. Scored twice in the win over Leeds. Elland Road.
The Borussia Dortmund summer signing, who failed to qualify for Qatar 2022 with Norway, has scored three goals in two games for City since club football resumed after the World Cup was suspended for six weeks.
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Haaland scored his 20th Premier League goal in just 14 appearances for Manchester City, becoming the fastest player in Premier League history to reach 20 goals.
Haaland said having to watch the World Cup from home inspired him to perform better for Manchester City after the win over Leeds, his birth city.
“I’ve been staying at home and I’m a little bit annoyed that I’m not at the World Cup,” Haaland said. “I recharged my batteries.
“Watching other people score goals and win games at the World Cup motivates me and irritates me. I’m more eager and ready than ever.
“Honestly, I’m really p—-d [when I miss a chance]said Haaland. “It’s true.” But when I miss, I want to score more. It’s funny – when I score a goal it’s a good feeling and I want to score another so it’s a positive. “
No player has ever scored 40 goals in a Premier League season – Alan Shearer and Andy Cole share the record of 34 goals in a single season – but Haaland is now breaking that barrier. He added that he had a goal for the season but insisted he would keep it under wraps until he reached it.
“I have a goal, but I can’t say it,” said Haaland. “I just said in the dressing room that I could have scored five goals, but the most important thing is that we won.
“For me, as a striker, I have to score more goals. I could have scored more goals, but that’s life and I have to train more.”
Haaland refused to celebrate every time he scored at Elland Road. The 22-year-old was born in Leeds when his father Alfie played for the team and Erling says the club holds a special place in his affections.
Haaland said: “Today my father and mother were at the forum. “It was special. I’m so happy – this is a special moment in my career.
“When I was young, I had an Eirik Bakke shirt in my room and one of my father’s. In my wildest fantasies, I couldn’t imagine scoring for Manchester City against Leeds at Elland Road.”