The Cruyff wondergoal that Haaland recreated to spark Guardiola's Ibrahimovic comp psg jersey cheaparison
argentina shirt 2021 messi psg shirt ebay 7 psg player psg shirt qatar
ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER — There is probably no higher praise from Pep Guardiola than a comparison to his great mentor Johan Cruyff.
After his stunning acrobatic volley to seal a 2-1 win for Manchester City over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, Erling Haaland earned that distinction.
"Maybe the people who know me, maybe you know the influence Johan Cruyff had on my life as a person, educator, manager, mentor and everything,” Guardiola said at his post-match news conference. It was a bit like Paddington Bear saying “maybe you know I like marmalade sandwiches”.
“Years ago Johan Cruyff scored an incredible goal in Camp Nou for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid,” Guardiola continued. “It was quite, quite similar to the one Erling Haaland scored. The moment he scored the goal, I thought ‘Johan Cruyff’. It was a really good one. The finish from Erling was exceptional.”
It was Haaland’s 13th goal in eight games for City and 26th in 21 career Champions League appearances. Those are numbers that suggest plenty of his goals will just become a vast numerical blur and he clatters his way through various records.
But against former club Dortmund, where his goal and a stunning long-range equaliser from John Stones salvaged a largely poor City performance, he produced a little gem that Guardiola saw fit to compare to one of the most famous goals in Barcelona history — something he will not have done lightly.
Johan Cruyff, the Flying Dutchman and the Phantom Goal
You see, this was not just any old strike from Cruyff. Guardiola would go on to revere the Dutch great when he led him as a coach in Barcelona’s ‘Dream Team’ in the early 1990s, but Cruyff’s arrival in Catalonia as a player almost two decades earlier in 1973 was similarly transformative.
He inspired the Blaugrana to paris saint germain shirt long sleeve their first title in 14 years, ending the suffering of a period of sustained Real Madrid dominance. Atletico Madrid had also won three titles during Barca’s drought, but they were on the receiving end of what would be remembered as the defining goal of the Cruyffian title charge.
Three days before Christmas in 1973, Cruyff produced a gift for Cules to savour when he leapt at the far post, contorted his body and volleyed home from an improbabl psg jersey usa e angle. Like Haaland's goal, it psg 1994 shirt was part of a 2-1 win.
It became known variously as “the phantom goal” or “el gol imposible”, also earning Cruyff the nickname ‘The Flying Dutchman’.
The goal continues to endure to this day. In a move that brought Barca’s celebrated past juddering into contact with their present situation, the club commemorated the goal in its first NFT auction in July this year.
Haaland proving Ibrahimovic fears wrong under Guardiola
Plenty football shirts psg of people envisaged teething problems for Haaland at City. As ridiculous as it might sound after he extended his prolific start to life in Manchester, some evidence of those could be seen against Dortmund.
City were devoid of tempo and inspiration in the first half and, not for the first time this season, they did not look like the well-oiled machine that has swaggered to the past two Premier League titles.
However, any issues coming out of such performances are ones that Haaland generally solves himself with his latest larger-than-life intervention.
MORE: Erling Haaland goals, records for Manchester City: Latest tally comes vs. ex-club Dortmund in Champions League
There is a giddiness around his exploits at Etihad Stadium. The cheers for his goals sound louder and feel more visceral, as if fans know they are watching something more significant than the latest goal and latest win from a team that has helped themselves to an awful lot of both in the Guardiola era.
Even the manager h messi psg jersey nike imself, who jokingly implored reporters to begin Wednesday’s press conference with a question about Stones before the inevitable Haaland discussion, is being swept up in the merriment and didn’t miss messi psg jersey large the chance to needle an old foe when praising his new No.9.
"I remember a little bit my dear friend Ibrahimovic, who has this ability to put the leg on the roof. Erling is quite similar on that. He is elastic, he is flexible and after he has the ability to make the contact and put it in the net.”
MORE: Champions League top goal scorers 2022/23: Updated golden boot rankings
Zlatan Ibrahimovic offered infamously scathing assessments of Guardiola as a coach after their single season together at Barcelona went sour.
In his entertainingly self-aggrandising autobiography, Ibrahimovic called Guardiola a “spineless coward” and belittled Barca teammates such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, who he felt were too easily subservient to the coach as “schoolboys”.
Within the analysis of Haaland joining City, it is fair to say that too much weight was attached to these words in some of the catastrophising over what might go wrong. After all, Robert Lewandowski and Sergio Aguero eventually thrived under Guardiola, why would the Norwegian be any different?
Still, glowingly comparing Haaland to Cryuff after a little over a dozen games… even Guardiola can’t have expected it would have gone this well so soon.