It may sound repetitive, but every time Manchester City plays, Erling Haaland appears to break records. The Norwegian has already shown that he has no ceiling and this Sunday he made it clear again. In the victory of Pep Guardiola’s team 3-0 against Wolverhampton, on date 21 of the Premier League, the attacker scored three goals in just 14 minutes and set another record. Julián Álvarez replaced him after 60 minutes and the entire Etihad Stadium broke their palms to applaud the Scandinavian striker, undoubtedly one of the great absentees in the World Cup in Qatar.
Manchester City’s superiority against Wolverhampton was reflected from the start of the game. In the first 10 minutes, the possession of 92% of the premises against 8% of his rival he delivered a first forceful data. And despite not being able to make the situations effective, the first goal only reached 40. Haaland headed in a precise cross from Kevin De Bruyne and made it 1-0. For the Belgian it was the eleventh assist in 18 duels played in this championship.
Already in the second half, only five minutes were enough for those led by Pep to widen the score deservedly. Ilkay Gündogan was brought down in the area, the referee did not hesitate and called the free kick. The one who was in charge of finishing off was Haaland. Simple definition and 2 to 0.
And at nine, the Norwegian appeared again. City’s pressure paid off and José Sá, Wolverhampton goalkeeper, gifted the ball to Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian faced the goal, but he was not selfish and assisted the striker, who made it 3-0. In this way he sealed his fourth hat-trick in the current Premier League. The other three had been against Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. At 15, Haaland gave place to Julián Álvarez and the Norwegian left with a huge ovation from the entire stadium and the audience stood up to applaud him.
The baptized “Android” seems not to be stopped by anyone and reached another huge number. with his three goalswent on to top two scorers in the 2021-2022 Premier League which were Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-Min, both with 23 goals in 35 games. The Norwegian came to 25 goals in 19 games… and the English league still has 19 dates left! What remains for the attacker now is to become the top scorer in a Premier League season, a record he holds Andy Cole, with Newcastle in 1993-1994, in which he converted 34 goals.
The summary of the triumph of Manchester City
In short, it was a great victory for Manchester City, which had just gone through difficult days, which began with the defeat in the Derby on Saturday 14 and the comeback against Tottenham last Thursday, which left Guardiola very angry due to the weak performance of his team in the first stage and the low performance of some footballers.
City is in second place, with 45 points and, despite having two more games, puts pressure on the only leader, Arsenal, who has 47, and is the team that will be measured next Friday, but for the FA Cup. But the duel between these teams for the Premier League has a close function and it will be on February 15.