Manchester City striker Erling Haaland says he’s not concerned about settling in the Premier League following his summer season transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
The Norwegian striker made his debut for Pep Guardiola’s facet in Sunday’s Community Shield match in opposition to Liverpool at the King Power Stadium and endured a irritating night, missing a golden chance from six yards in an eventual 3-1 defeat.
As the reigning champions’ marquee signing forward of the 2022/23 marketing campaign, the 22-year-old carries a weight of expectation, but he’s relaxed about the chance it could take time to adapt to a brand new league.
“We will see about settling in,” he mentioned in an unique interview with Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves.
“People can take time, individuals can come instantly into it. We need to see, however I’m not concerned. That’s life as a footballer – you must stay with it.
Man City’s opening month schedule
|West Ham (a)||August 7|
|Bournemouth (h)||August 13|
|Newcastle (a)||August 21|
|Barcelona (pleasant, a)||August 24|
|Crystal Palace (h)||August 27|
|Nottingham Forest (h)||August 31|
“You are a sort of entertainer. You get judged each single week for what you do on the pitch and you must ship and do your greatest.
“For me as a striker, that is one thing I can not stress about as a result of should you assume an excessive amount of, you may find yourself doing issues you do not need to do.
“It’s all about trying to enjoy, live in the moment. People talk about what you did a year ago, but it’s the next game that counts.”
Haaland scored an astonishing 86 objectives in simply 89 matches in all competitions for Dortmund earlier than his arrival in England, making himself a chief goal for the European elite in the course of.
He has solely simply turned 22, nevertheless, and admits that he has joined City in order to additional his growth.
“(I can improve) everything. If you think I’m good at one thing, I can always get better,” he mentioned.
“This is one thing I’ve to do. As a younger participant, enjoying for Pep Guardiola, enjoying for the greatest membership in England, I’ve to maintain creating and get higher at loads of issues. That’s what I like loads about soccer, you possibly can all the time develop, you possibly can all the time get higher at the sport.
“Part of the sport is to get out of your consolation zone which is one thing I’ve been doing and one thing I like as a result of then you definately develop extra as a human being as effectively.
“The chemistry on the pitch with the different gamers is one thing that may come – I do not know if it’ll take weeks, months, however that is one thing we now have to construct on each single day in coaching. At this excessive stage, you additionally perceive the individuals round you – he’s good at this, he’s good at that, he likes to play the ball there.
“I’m a participant that is hungry for objectives, that offers 100 per cent, that desires to win each single sport. They are easy issues but in addition actually vital issues.”
Guardiola is more likely to hand Haaland his league debut when West Ham welcome City to the London Stadium on the opening Super Sunday of the Premier League season.
With a boyish smile, Haaland can barely include his pleasure for the event.
“I feel the tempo is very nice and there are such a lot of good groups in one league. The high quality of the video games, too. It’s not solely 2, 3, 4, 5 groups right here, there are such a lot of and it is good.
“I grew up in Norway and it is Premier League it doesn’t matter what. Everybody watches the Premier League and has a membership, so it is Premier League all the time.”
“I’m wanting ahead to feeling the environment and the rivalry of us in opposition to them, followers in opposition to one another. I’ve been to loads of video games in England and that is one thing I’ve all the time favored loads.
“Also the feel of the game, the tempo. It’s going to be tough and this is the charming thing about the Premier League. It’s a beautiful, hard competition that’s why it’s the most popular league in the world.”
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