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Aguero: ‘Haaland thought he was the only one, until Van Dijk appeared…’

The best striker in the history of Man City commented on the clash between the two stars on the two front lines in the Community Shield match.

This year’s Community Shield match saw the clash between the defending Premier League champions – Man City and the FA Cup king – Liverpool. Not to be expected, the two big men of the fog have devoted themselves to a fast-paced and attractive match.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring for The Kop in the first half, but in the second half, rookie Julian Alvarez leveled the gap for Citizens. In the last 10 minutes of the match, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez took turns filling in their names on the electronic board, setting a 3-1 victory for the red half of Merseyside.

 

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Confronting Liverpool, coach Pep Guardiola decided to fill in rookie Haaland’s name in the starting lineup. Unfortunately, despite playing the whole match, the Norwegian striker missed a number of opportunities and could not score.

Commenting via Twitch, the best goalscorer in Man City history – Sergio Aguero said that Haaland was blocked by defender Virgil van Dijk: “Haaland is too familiar with the football style in Germany. He thinks only was alone, until Van Dijk showed up and said: ‘Welcome to the Premier League.'”

In 2020, Aguero also said that Van Dijk is the most difficult opponent he has ever faced: “He is strong, tall and physically rich. Van Dijk may not look too fast, but he is. can keep up with everything with his long stride. Van Dijk’s two feet are about 50 of mine.”

Kalvin Phillips reveals the one person who convinced him to leave Leeds for Man City

Kalvin Phillips says joining Manchester City was a “no-brainer” after learning he’d be working under Pep Guardiola.

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The 26-year-old has stated that the club is “the only team” for whom he would consider leaving Leeds and that he already feels “at home.” Last month, the England international joined the Etihad in a £42 million deal.

He is expected to be an important part of Guardiola’s plans for the club’s third consecutive Premier League title and elusive first Champions League trophy next season. Phillips explained how Guardiola’s presence at the club influenced his decision to join City from his hometown club.

“The fact that they are managed by obviously one of the best managers in the world, it was a no-brainer when there were reports that City were interested.” he told GQ while on City’s pre-season tour in the USA.

“It was the only team that I was ever going to come to if I left Leeds. They (players) want to win as many trophies as possible, but the main thing was to be managed by Pep and try and learn as much as I can.

“It feels like I’m home already. It feels like I’m in a team that regards me as one of their own already.”

Phillips, who is currently having an Amazon documentary made about his career, detailed how his relentless, non-stop running trait will mould under Guardiola.

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“When I played with Leeds, there was a lot of mileage that you had to cover but with City, because we have the ball for so much time, they aren’t really bothered about distance recovery,” he explained.

“It’s more about on the ball and defending when you need to defend. It is going to be different and it’s going to be strange, but I know that, obviously, I’m quite a fit football player and I can run a lot. If it is ever required, then at least I’ve got that in my tank.”

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