Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he praises new striker Erling Haaland after every game has become his routine following the Norwegian’s double in Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League win at Sevilla.
Haaland has scored 12 goals in eight games in all competitions for the Premier League champions since joining them from Borussia Dortmund in the final season.
At 22 years and 47 days, Haaland has become the youngest player to score 25 Champions League goals, breaking Kylian Mbappe’s previous record. The Norwegian is also the fastest to reach the landmark, in 20 games.
“I love this routine, but it was routine in every single press conference after the game to ask me about him and his goals. Hopefully he can continue this routine but the numbers speak for themselves,” Guardiola told reporters.
“It’s not just two goals, he’s always just there and always feeling like he could score more goals.”
Captain Kevin de Bruyne said Haaland was enjoying the “perfect start” at City.
“I think the way he’s adapted to us is really good, but of course there’s another part of the game besides scoring goals that’s harder to adapt to,” said De Bruyne.
“It makes it exciting when he can adapt to see the result. When you score that many goals you can get away with things. If he keeps scoring then we know it’s positive for us.”
City, who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.