Erling Haaland Touted to ‘Defend Himself’ by Scoring Goals After Failing to Win Against Tottenham Hotspur

Published 12/05/2023, 4:17 AM EST

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Erling Haaland continues to find himself in the spotlight, days after Manchester City played a 3-3 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. The Norwegian superstar is facing scrutiny over firing blank during the much-anticipated Premier League fixture. But now claims have been made that the scoreline wasn’t the fault of Haaland, instead, he is being backed to redeem himself by scoring goals. 

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Meanwhile, Haaland is on the brink of getting charged by the FA over his foul-mouth rant at referee Simon Hooper. But the striker was quickly defended his boss Pep Guardiola

Erling Haaland wasn’t at fault during Manchester City vs. Tottenham 

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Erling Haaland is being targeted for his poor display against Tottenham over the weekend. While he managed to set up the third goal from Jack Grealish, the striker couldn’t find a goal for himself. In fact, not only did he miss the easy chances, but out of the total five shots he took in the match, neither of them was on target. 

Notably, his surprising form became a topic of debate at ESPN FC, where a correspondent asked USMNT legend and pundit Janusz Michallik if it was Haaland’s off day. Interestingly, Michallik replied, “I don’t think it was an issue of Erling Haaland today; it was just an issue of not finishing number of chances and again I think this is more of a story about Spurs than Manchester City.”

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Additionally, Michallik expressed his confidence in Haaland for upcoming games. “Would Haaland play better? Yeah, but you know what’s going to happen next game. He’s going to get his one, two, or three, and that’s never going to end. He’s gonna defend himself by scoring goals.” It seems Michallik isn’t worried about Haaland’s dipping form and reckons he’ll get back on track. 

While many, including Haaland, are accusing referee Simon Hooper of changing the course of the game, Bernardo Silva came in defense of the official. 

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Bernardo Silva defends Simon Hooper despite Haaland’s anger 

Erling Haaland expressed his anger towards Simon Hooper by shouting “F**k off” and also tweeting “What the F**k,” after the official disallowed his decision to decline the advantage despite the City striker successfully playing Jack Grealish through during stoppage time. But his teammate, Bernardo Silva came in defence of Hooper, claiming “we’re all humans.” 

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Silva not only recognized the challenge of coming to terms with the loss, but he also acknowledged that mistakes are an integral element of the game. “It’s football, man, it’s football!” he concluded. 

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