“He Was Completely Empty,”: Norway Boss Makes Shocking Admission About Haaland

“He Was Completely Empty,”: Norway Boss Makes Shocking Admission About Haaland

Elijah Odetokun
June 18, 2023 at 7:50 AM
  • Erling Haaland is fresh off Manchester City’s wild treble celebrations
  • He scored from the penalty spot but Norway succumbed to a 2-1 home loss to Scotland
  • His performance was below par but his national team boss has revealed why

Erling Haaland has a below-par performance for Norway despite scoring in their 2-1 home loss to Scotland in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying series.

Haaland teamed up with the national team after days of wild celebrations after Manchester City won the UEFA Champions League to complete the treble.

He was instrumental to City’s success in the just concluded season scoring 54 goals in all competitions, including picking up the golden boots in the UCL and Premier League.

Erling Haaland, Oslo, Norway, Scotland, UEFA, Euro 2024.
Erling Haaland applauds the home fans after Norway's 2-1 loss to Scotland. Photo by Sebastian Widmann.
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He had a dip in form close to the end of the season, failing to score in the last six games, including the FA Cup and Champions League finals against Manchester United and Inter Milan.

Haaland struggled for Norway

The 22-year-old returned to his home country and was selected to start the qualifying game against Scotland but was below par throughout his 84 minutes on the pitch.

Squawka noted his abysmal first half, where he recorded just eight touches of the ball and made three passes. Fans think he was still battling with the hangover from the celebrations, but his head coach Stale Solbakken has revealed why.

“He asked to be changed. We kept him on the pitch 10-12 minutes longer. In the last few minutes he was on the field, we played with one less man,” he told reporters as translated by Goal.
“He was completely empty. He has only played 60 minutes several times before. We’re talking about it being 30 degrees; it is applied. He ran out of steam.”

Norway have one point from three games and will play Cyprus at home on Tuesday, where Haaland’s minutes are expected to be better managed.

Haaland aims dig at Arsenal

Sports Brief reported that Haaland aimed a dig at Arsenal with a Champions League song during City’s treble celebrations.

City has been mocked with the song ‘Champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that’ by Nottingham Forest fans all season, and the 22-year-old asked that the Citizens fans sing the same.

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