Italy Legend Nesta Believes Haaland is Not A Threat, Schools Defenders on How to Stop Manchester City Forward

Italy Legend Nesta Believes Haaland is Not A Threat, Schools Defenders on How to Stop Manchester City Forward

  • Former Italy defender Alessandro Nesta believes he can stop Erling Haaland if he was still playing football
  • The Manchester City and Norway forward has been in phenomenal form this season for the English Premier League club
  • Haaland scored five goals in his last two games, including a hat-trick in the Manchester derby last weekend

Legendary Italian defender, Alessandro Nesta, has revealed how to stop free-scoring Manchester City forward Erling Haaland.

Erling Haaland has been unstoppable in the ongoing campaign, having scored 19 goals in 11 games for the Manchester City across all competitions.

However, Nesta revealed he has stopped players who were more of a threat than the Norwegian forward.

Erling Haaland, Nesta, Italy, England
Alessandra Nesta has disclosed the secret of stopping red-hot Erling Haaland. Credit: EPA-EFE Getty Images
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"I can play him, because I played against Ronaldo the Brazilian," he said when asked if he could stop Haaland.

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"Haaland is very good but Ronaldo was something different. I played against Messi, I played against Ronald but the Brazilian Ronaldo was just different," he added.

He, however, schooled defenders on how to handle strikers like Erling Halaand.

"I try to say stay close to him. Too much space and you are dead," continued Nesta.

Nesta was one of the best defenders to play the game and his partnership with Paolo Maldini at AC Milan brought the Italian giants success for many years. He won several Serie A titles as well as the UEFA Champions League.

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Haaland has made a brilliant start to the season for Manchester City by scoring a mind-boggling 19 goals in 12 appearances, including three hat-tricks in the Premier League.

Erling Haaland reveals best African players he faced

Erling Haaland took time off preparations towards the Manchester derby to speak about some of the best players from Africa.

Having played in Austria, Germany and now England, the Norwegian forward had teammates who were from Africa and has played against some of the best players from the continent.

And in an interview with Super Sport TV, Haaland revealed his favourite African players, stating Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were his toughest opponents.