Erling Haaland spoke to Athletic ahead of Manchester City’s premiership in the Premier League, he admitted that the pressure is great, while stressing that he is not affected by his performances in previous matches.
Erling Haaland failed to find a goal on his Manchester City debut. This, however, does not affect him, as he told Athletic, ahead of the Citizens’ premiership in the Premier League.
The Norwegian star admitted he is under pressure now playing for the English champions, but stressed his aim is to get on the pitch and enjoy every moment.
“It’s very important when you’re in the game not to think too much. If I’m going into my next game thinking about the chance I missed in the last one that’s not going to help me.
You have to go to the game hungry. It doesn’t matter what happened before, if you scored three goals, if you didn’t score any, if you haven’t scored for a while. You have to go into the game with the same mindset. And so I don’t think about it too much.
Of course there is pressure. I’m playing for the champions so there’s pressure, but I try to go out on the pitch smiling as much as I can and enjoy it. Life moves fast and suddenly your career can be over.
You saw what happened to my father. So, I try to enjoy every minute, because I’m really lucky to have this job and to be here.
In the end, we just want to enjoy football, enjoy what was our childhood dream. There will be people talking about you, especially as a striker if you don’t score then they talk about you, but at the end of the day you can’t control what people say, what they read, what they think about you.
This is something you just have to live with. We are coming in as champions from last year so we have to do the same things they did and hopefully even better.
In the important games to be even better, in the Champioms League and the Cups, but also to be ahead of the entire Premier League. It’s not easy. It’s a tough league with so many good teams.”