Erling Haaland, a striker for Manchester City, claims he will feel “pressure” to win the club’s first Champions League trophy against Inter Milan on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, who joined City from Borussia Dortmund during the summer transfer window of last year, has made a significant contribution to Pep Guardiola’s team by scoring 52 goals in as many games in all competitions this season.
Haaland, who was also given the golden boot title for scoring the most goals in a Premier League season, vows to do everything in his power to help City win the Champions League and complete an unprecedented treble.
Of course I feel pressure, he admitted. If I said I didn’t, I’d be lying. They won the Premier League without me, and you say it yourself, and it’s true. They also won every trophy without me. I will try my best to do something that the club has never done before while I’m here.
Since their rivals Manchester United last won the ‘conventional’ treble, City has won the Premier League and the FA Cup, and they aim to make history by winning both.
Haaland has only scored one goal in his last seven games across all competitions. Despite this, he considers it to be a “good thing” when people are critical of his performances.
“I think often it’s a good thing when people start criticising you,” he added.
“I scored every single game and then people started criticising me. That’s what happened basically. When people criticise you it’s normally a good thing it’s just about trying to smile a bit and enjoy life.
“No (I don’t listen to criticism), but I’m not stupid I get things with me of course. I don’t read anything because I think my brain would be a bit crazy if I was reading everything everyone is writing.
“I cannot do that but of course I get things with me and then it was even better to score two goals in the next game.
“You can think of it as one goal in seven games or 52 goals in 52 games and eight assists, I think. You can think of it in both ways. I’m not stressed. I feel really good.”