With good reason, the 2022/2023 season may be called the season of Erling Braut Haaland. Manchester City's Norwegian phenom scored no less than 36 goals in the Premier League. However, it was not always easy, which is why the striker was also asked who has been his toughest opponent this season. The answer: Virgil van Dijk.
Three times Manchester City and Liverpool have faced each other this season. Twice the spoils went to coach Jurgen Klopp's team and Haaland managed to score only once in those three encounters. At BT Sport, the Norwegian was asked about the opponent he least enjoys playing against. "My toughest opponent? I remember when we struggled at Anfield. Van Dijk, I always say, I think he is SO good. I have the advantage of facing Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji and Nathan Aké every day at training, it's not easy. But I am impressed with Van Dijk. He is clever, fast and also in the air he is incredible," said the goal scorer.
On Saturday night, Haaland and his Manchester City face the most important match of the season. In Istanbul, Inter is the opponent in the final of the Champions League. In the entire CL campaign, Haaland scored no less than 12 times, making him the undisputed top scorer of the billion-dollar ball. City is the towering favourite, but Haaland expects a tough duel. "Inter are in the final for a reason. Especially the defensive aspect is tremendously strong, but the attacking line is also of outstanding quality. We will have to play incredibly well if we want to win this duel."
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