Man City’s Haaland 'loves to score goals’

The Norwegian has now scored at least a hat-trick in six of his 19 appearances

By Web Desk
March 19, 2023
Haaland (R) has scored 42 goals in all competitions this season — AFP

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland was over the moon after he netted his sixth hat-trick of the season in the 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Burnley on Saturday.

Julian Alvarez also bagged a brace and Cole Palmer netted the other goal as City remained on track for a treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

Haaland scored five as RB Leipzig were put to the sword in a 7-0 thrashing in the Champions League in midweek.

The Norwegian has now scored at least a hat-trick in six of his 19 appearances at the Etihad this season.

"It’s been a good couple of last games, important games. 7-0 and 6-0 before the national team break is impressive and I’m really happy," Haaland said after the match.

"Every goal means a lot to me, it doesn’t matter, every goal for the team means a lot.

"To win 6-0 today is an amazing thing against a good Burnley side. So I’m really happy and the next game is now at Wembley.

"I’m a striker, I love to score goals! But, my focus is not just scoring goals, but to focus on getting chances, when you get chances then there is a good chance that I will score a goal."

Pep Guardiola's side are now unbeaten in ten matches across all competitions with Haaland stating that the team is peaking at the perfect time in the season.

"I think we’re in that part of the season where we should be at our best," he said.

"Now it’s where things get decided. We have to perform every single game. The last couple of games has been finals.

"That’s exactly what we've been doing. I’m proud and happy. I don’t know what more to say.

"It’s going to be nice [at Wembley] and we have to go again."

City are the first team to book their place in the last four with the other three quarter-finals taking place on Sunday.

Manchester United host Fulham, while fourth-tier Grimsby aim to produce another huge upset when they travel to in-form Brighton.

One Championship side is guaranteed a place at Wembley as Sheffield United host Blackburn.