Ilkay Gundogan, a midfielder for Manchester City, claimed on Tuesday as the team prepared to face Borussia Dortmund that their new attacker Erling Haaland may make all the difference in their pursuit of the coveted Champions League crown.
Erling Haaland might give Manchester City an edge in Europe
City hasn’t ever won Europe’s top club championship and was ousted by defending winners Real Madrid at the semi-final stage last year. In the 2020–21 season, City finished second behind Chelsea, but has not won Europe’s top club championship.
According to Gundogan, Haaland’s stellar start to his career in England may convert to success in Europe. He made this claim to media prior to Dortmund’s visit to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. “That’s what we hope. Having a legitimate number nine will really benefit us this year, according to Gundogan. “We’ll see. Winning the Champions League is a fantastic accomplishment.
Haaland has had an immediate impact since joining City in the close season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions thus far, including two in his club’s European debut against Sevilla as they defeated them 4-0 to take the lead in Group G. ‘The figures speak for themselves,’ they say. “I think the team has a wonderful talent,” Gundogan added. He has performed admirably on the field, but as a young lad, his temperament, tenacity, and attitude have also been noteworthy.
He is really mature, and his future is highly promising. Pep Guardiola, manager of City, said another former Dortmund player, Manuel Akanji, was perhaps available to play.
We both have a lot of excitement for the game against our former team, he remarked. Guardiola stated that “these guys (Haaland and Akanji) are more known to Dortmund than I am to Dortmund players.” They spent a few years there. They may profit. “We’ll see if it’s a benefit tomorrow. The Dortmund players are also known to them, though.
Guardiola stated that following knee surgery, Aymeric Laporte participated in training for the first time while teammate defender Kyle Walker was absent.