Manchester City football player Erling Haaland said that his absence from the World Cup made him a little angry and that is why he was motivated to wait for the continuation of the competition in the Premier League.
Haaland scored twice in City’s 3-1 win over Leeds last night, in the first Premier League game since the World Cup break in Qatar. The Norwegian has scored 26 goals in 20 games for the Manchester side, including 14 in the league, since joining from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
“I was at home, a bit angry that I wasn’t playing in the World Cup. Watching other people score World Cup winning goals somehow drives me, motivates me, and irritates me. Now I’m hungrier and fitter than ever,” Haaland told Amazon Prime, Sky reported.
He added that the most important thing is the victory, but that he could have scored more goals.
“I could have scored five, that’s true. But we won, that’s the most important thing. You see now Arsenal are on top, we have to chase them and I’m really happy for the win, but as a striker I could have scored a few more goals. That’s life, what should I do? I have to train,” said Haaland.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said that Haaland has not yet reached his best level as he has not yet recovered from a foot injury.
“We are delighted with how humble he is, with such a reputation he has. Exceptional guy, work ethic, he’s a big threat to any opposing team. He is always in the right place at the right time, why is he so good. I don’t think he’s at his best yet because of the injury, it’s not easy for him to move that big body, but the more minutes he plays, the better he’ll be,” he said.
City’s next game will be against Everton on December 31.