Will Haaland be Guardiola's mascot to achieve the Champions League?  |  DW |  15.09.2022

Will Haaland be Guardiola’s mascot to achieve the Champions League? | DW | 15.09.2022

Arling Haaland scored a decisive goal yesterday in the Manchester City match against his former team Dortmund, to lead the English team to a 2-1 victory in the second round of the European Champions League.

This goal is Halland’s third in the Champions League in the colors of Manchester City from two games, to share the top scorer in the Champions League with Lewandowski and Mbappe, and Haaland scored 10 goals in the English Premier League, and he is the top scorer in the English Premier League so far.

Champions League fans remember Manchester City’s Champions League run last year. The team came out with a dramatic scenario against Real Madrid, which returned Premontada to win on aggregate 6-5.

Although the English team was unable to score, the presence of Haaland’s player would have enhanced the club’s chances of scoring other goals and thus reaching the final match and even crowning the continental title that Manchester City lacks.

Last year, the club did not have strikers playing in the center of the spear, except for the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, who did not shine strongly with the club, and moved in the summer to Arsenal, and the club did not bring in players during the past two years in the position of the outspoken striker.

Guardiola relied on winger and midfield players to score goals, and his top scorer last year was playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who scored 15 goals, followed by winger Raheem Sterling (13 goals), who in turn moved to Chelsea this summer.

It is expected that the English team’s yield of goals will increase during this season, as the team scored 4 or more goals in four out of nine matches, which will have a prominent role in any potential achievement for the club.

But the attack alone cannot achieve titles, and the Manchester club is still suffering defensively in some matches, as 10 goals have been scored against it so far, a problem that has accompanied Guardiola with the team since he took over, as the defense was not that strong that allows him to prevent competitors from scoring. . Guardiola realizes that what he brought out the most last year was the performance of the defense, which accepted six goals from Real, two of which came in the second leg at the end of the match.

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