The Norwegian has been goal-hungry, smashing records every now and then.
Erling Haaland joined BVB Dortmund just over a year ago and has since hit new heights at the Signal Iduna Park. He has scored a remarkable 35 goals in 34 appearances since transferring for €20m from RB Salzburg.
The Norwegian talent made his thoughts known to bundesliga.com, speaking on a variety of subjects including playing with teammate Marco Reus, life in Bundesliga, admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo and current Dortmund manager Edin Terzic. Here are some excerpts from his interview –
On Reus: “He is a big legend here and we need him at his best. He has a vision that no one else has, you saw that goal for Sancho against Leipzig and the ball to me, it’s amazing. I need these balls, so he has to give me more.”
On Ronaldo: “He is a big inspiration for all of us and, yeah, look at him, the man is a machine. I’ve read something here and there (about his nutrition and diet), but I don’t know if it’s true, but I have my own plan and follow my own things with the people around me.”
On Edin Terzic: “Edin and I have a good relationship ever since I came here and we’ve been talking a lot about different things and I’m looking forward to build on that, to get even better and to perform for him.”
On Bundesliga: “I like it. There are a lot of good teams, tough teams and a lot of nice stadiums around the country. As you know, I’m enjoying it and it’s a nice league.”
On record-setting achievements: “Yeah, to be honest, that’s not my main focus, my main focus is to try win something as a team, that’s what I want to do in my career, I want to win trophies and titles, so it’s not my focus to win different individual things.”
On his Bundesliga hat-trick debut against Augsburg: “So the first goal, a good ball from Sancho, I knew he was a good player and I knew he could play me through and I just did the run, and then Toto, he played me through in front of goal and it was a nice gift from and the third goal, an amazing ball from Marco Reus and, yeah, to get a hat-trick on a debut is very nice.”
Erling Haaland became the first player in Dortmund’s history to score on his debuts in the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, DFB Cup and DFL Supercup.
You can read his full interview here.