Erling Haaland will make his Premier League debut this weekend – with one great goalscorer already interviewing another, Alan Shearer has a football-focused conversation with the 22-year-old Norwegian striker.
Haaland spoke of the experience of understanding the “British joke”, having been born in Leeds where his father Alf Inger played before ending his top-flight career with Manchester City.
The former Dortmund striker is now following in his father’s footsteps, owning Join Manchester City this summerhe told the top scorer in Premier League history that he was trying to surpass his father.
The young superstar also mentioned his dad scolding him Community Shield missed last week, What he considers the “worst feeling ever” and whether he is the last piece of the Manchester City puzzle.
Haaland settles at Manchester City
did you speak [former Dortmund team-mates] Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho about playing in England?
We talked a little bit. We are kind of like. My dad was in the UK for 10 years so he made me have a little English jokes growing up so it’s really important not to take yourself too seriously and try to have fun with each other.
Will fitness be the test for you in the Premier League?
It’s a real physical league with amazing pace, which I like. It’s definitely going to be tougher, but I feel like I’m ready, my body is ready. A good duel is always good.
Do you like to fight?
A little pain here and there is a good thing.
Haaland on the art of goals and motivation
Is there anything better than scoring a goal?
no i don’t think there is because that’s ok [what type of] Goal, when you score, it’s just something inside you.
Have you always felt this way?
Yes. When I was younger, I just scored as much as I could, but it still feels that way. When you celebrate your first goal, you want to do it again. I often feel this way. If you see someone score a hat-trick, you think, ‘It would be great to do it next week’. I can’t describe the feeling – you know what I’m talking about, but a lot of people don’t.
Do you spend a few hours doing your work after training?
I’ve been shooting a lot. Goal is the funniest thing about it.when i came [Norwegian club] Molde, with [manager] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he was talking about my header and said, ‘You can’t even head’. I agree with him. Then we do crosses and headers every day.
It’s important to do a little every day. It doesn’t have to be 500 shots, just a few. Ultimately, it’s about shooting and hitting the goal without the goalkeeper standing. But it’s also possible to get those bits where you just know what to do – when you’re here, shoot there.
When I miss a chance, I can’t wait to start the next game so I can correct it. Is that how you feel, especially after missing a game against Liverpool in the Community Shield?
When I look back, it’s like, ‘How could you miss that from there? You know it could happen to you again. I always don’t sleep well after games. But it’s also the motivation to score or do something in the next game. But of course, it’s not a good feeling — it’s the worst feeling ever.
Will your dad tell you after the game if you don’t do well?
After the Community Shield he sent me a message saying: “Why don’t you score?” Before I played against Liverpool for Salzburg at Anfield, he said: “As you know, I used to be at Anfield. Scored goals, so I scored more goals than you at Anfield.”
Where does your motivation come from?
When I was younger, it got better than my dad, and got as good as possible. Now deep inside I’m thinking about football and thinking that I can do better. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s there.
Haaland talks about his personal goals and plays with a smile
Can goals be achieved in the Premier League?
I can’t say much about this. I have to let someone else talk. I have to settle down and deliver asap.
Are you feeling stressed or can you go out and play football?
Of course there is pressure – I’m playing for a championship team – but in the back of my mind it’s about playing hard, smiling as much as you can and trying to enjoy the game because life goes by so fast and all of a sudden your career is Exceed.
What has been a successful season for you and your team?
We need to do better in the Champions League and Cup and keep [our form] Been in the Premier League. It’s not easy, there are so many great teams. It’s about building what Manchester City has had here over the years. I want to bring my own stuff and hopefully make it better.
Do you think you are the last piece of the puzzle for Manchester City to win the Champions League?
I don’t want to say too much about this. This is my favorite game – I love the national anthem and everything. It was a very good game, a tough one. My dream is to win it.