Manchester City’s European campaigns have seen their main striker struggle to score, but Erling Haaland ended his goal drought in their 3-1 victory over Young Boys on a rainy night in Bern. Haaland’s last Champions League goal dated back to last season, and his recent dry spell coincided with the absence of key midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. However, with Haaland back on the scoresheet, City’s dominance in the Champions League is a scary prospect for their rivals.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola understands the anticipation around Haaland’s scoring form, stating, “It is important to have the chances, the people want him to fail. I am sorry, but this guy will score goals all his life. With the chances he is an incredible threat. The players need the ability to find the pass like Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. But he is going to score until the last day he plays football.”
‘Haaland will score goals all his life’
Haaland’s penalty against Young Boys was his first Champions League goal in 543 minutes, breaking his longest drought in the competition. Despite this, Haaland’s scoring rate remains impressive, with 37 goals in 33 Champions League games. At 23 years and 96 days, Haaland surpasses Kylian Mbappe as the youngest player to reach this milestone.
City’s victory extends their winning streak in the Champions League to five games, a feat they last achieved in May 2021. They are also unbeaten in their last 16 Champions League matches, with only Manchester United between 2007 and 2009 having a longer unbeaten run among English teams in the competition.