Nordic goal-yeti Erling Haaland awes us all but leaves Pep Guardiola oddly redundant | Barney Ronay

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Manchester City are reaching towards football perfection but what happened to the false 9s and intricate tactical forms?

Don’t fear the goal-reaper. Or at least, not while we still have this show. Perhaps the only frustration in watching Erling Haaland this season, the only minor gripe in this more-ish spectacular, is that he isn’t available to binge-watch all at once on demand.

Each time Haaland walks off the pitch it is genuinely upsetting to realise once again that a scrolling ticker will not be appearing in the corner of your vision saying: “Next episode in 10 seconds,” complete with a button you can click impatiently when 10 seconds feels too long. For now it is necessary to wait for the next hit, 3pm on Saturday when Manchester City play Southampton, and when he can once again resume the clean, crisp, beautifully sunlit business of being Erling Haaland.

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Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2022/oct/07/nordic-goal-yeti-erling-haaland-awes-us-all-but-leaves-pep-guardiola-oddly-redundant under the title “Nordic goal-yeti Erling Haaland awes us all but leaves Pep Guardiola oddly redundant | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.