Shaun Wright-Phillips Exclusive: City Can Win Champions League With Haaland
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Shaun Wright-Phillips Exclusive: City Can Win Champions League With Haaland

Former Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips believes Erling Haaland can fire the Citizens to Champions League glory next season. Pep Guardiola’s side have splashed out £51million to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian sensation, as they bid to win European football’s biggest prize for the first time. And Wright-Phillips is confident that the 21-year-old striker can help them achieve that aim.


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Haaland The Missing Piece

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Erling Haaland is the missing piece in the Man City jigsaw puzzle and with his signing, they can win the Champions League next season.

“If Haaland was playing against Real Madrid in either of the two legs [of last season’s semi-final], Man City would have reached the final.”



Haaland Will Succeed In The Premier League

Haaland will also need to adjust to life in the Premier League – but Wright-Phillips has no doubt that he will be a success in England’s top tier.

“It's just a matter of how many goals Erling Haaland will score really,” the former England international continued.

“The creative players in Man City's team have hit double figures [for goal contributions] on a regular basis and that's without having a player like Haaland in the team.


“Haaland will score a lot of goals and also occupy the defenders, which didn't really happen when they played without a striker.

“He'll be as strong as them, as tall as them and quicker than them – and he'll give opposition players something different to think about.

“I back him to score a lot of goals in the Premier League.”

The 6ft 5in forward has always been confident in his abilities – which should stand him in good stead in Manchester, according to Wright-Phillips.

“I like Haaland’s confidence and you can see he's got that little bit of arrogance which players need in today's game,” he explained.


“He'll get plenty of chances playing in this Man City team so it's just down to him to put them in the back of the net, which we know he can do.”



Nunez A Great Signing For Liverpool

Manchester City’s title rivals Liverpool have also been boosted by a new arrival, with Benfica forward Darwin Nunez arriving at Anfield in a deal worth up to £85million.

Both teams’ fortunes could be shaped by the performances of their respective strikers – setting up a scenario that Wright-Phillips is excited to see play out.

“Darwin Nunez really suits the way Liverpool play and you can see that – because of how well both Man City and Liverpool recruit – both players look to already fit perfectly into the team.

“It's just about them both getting used to their responsibilities and the way that the managers want their players to play.

“It'll be a great battle to watch, but you can't knock [Tottenham attacker] Harry Kane out of the equation yet, because he and Son [Heung-Min] keep scoring.


“I think between Nunez and Haaland – with Man City creating ten or more chances a game, even on a bad day – he [Haaland] should be rubbing his hands together.”

 

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