Haaland’s scores 30 goals premier league
Watch Man city vs Southampton highlights as Erling Haaland and Jack took the lead for man city making Southampton to crumble in the premier league meetings.
As Man city was on the 2nd position on the points table, while Southampton remains to be in 20th position of the premier league table.
Man city vs Southampton highlights
Erling Haaland marked his return from injury with two goals as Manchester City kept up their pursuit of Arsenal with a 4-1 win at Southampton.
City’s eighth win on the bounce in all competitions took them back to within five points of Arsenal, who travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Super Sunday.
After an underwhelming first 44 minutes, City blasted into action when Haaland rose to bullet home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross meaning the Belgian became the fastest player to reach 100 Premier League assists, taking just 237 games.
Jack Grealish scored back-to-back for the first time in his City career when adding a second before Haaland stole the show with a devastating acrobatic finish to take his tally for the season to 30 Premier League goals and 44 in all competitions.
Sekou Mara got Saints on the board with a tidy finish but City restored the three-goal cushion a minute later when Julian Alvarez scored from the spot after De Bruyne had been fouled.
It was another demoralising defeat for Southampton, who remain bottom of the Premier League and four points from safety.
But Southampton didn’t possess the punch to create any meaningful opportunities to seriously give the home fans belief that an upset was on. Kamaldeen Sulemana curled their best opening just wide of the post on 44 minutes but that close call almost worked as a wake-up call for Guardiola’s side who went ahead just before the break.
De Bruyne was the architect down the left, clipping a ball that was seized upon by Haaland in usual thumping fashion this time with a headed finish. It was the seventh time this season De Bruyne had assisted Haaland for a Premier League goal and took the Belgian to 100 assists in the competition.
Pep Guardiola on Postmatch interview
Pep guardiola said, “Is Haaland now at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi? Guardiola sees comparisons with Ronaldo but thinks Messi remains “the complete player”.
“In terms of the thesis of scoring goals. He’s quite similar in terms of Cristiano but Messi is the more complete player,” said Guardiola.
“Messi can play wherever while Cristano and Erling are machines. Erling knows those two guys dominated over two decades not just one or two seasons, winning titles and doing everything.
“Football is a better place for Cristano and Messi for what they have done for our business, the traction of these two guys competing at the big clubs.
“Erling is arriving in the toughest league in the world. I can talk as I’ve been in other leagues and doing what he has done is remarkable.
“Erling is here for these types of games, it was a little bit hard but he has the ability from an incredible assist from Kevin [De Bruyne] to break the game.”
Kevin De bryune on postmatch interview
“A lot of people were talking online and it’s something you can’t really miss, but you try to create as much as possible. I could have had two or three more. If they score, I get the assist.
“I’m known for my creativity, there are not many players who have 100 assists, but half of the side is mine and after the side is the other.
“I don’t compare. Cesc Fabregas is an unbelievable football player and that’s the best I can do. I try to create as much as possible and we score a lot of goals, that helps.
“Honestly, Erling scores a lot of goals. He’s insane. He’s there. If you create chances he will be there. We have a good combination.”