Alvarez reveals what has shocked him most about his teammat Haaland at Man City
At Manchester City, Julian Alvarez is loving working with Erling Haaland and has revealed what has shocked him the most about the Norwegian striker.
The reigning Premier League winners bolstered their attacking ranks in the summer of 2022, when Argentina international Alvarez joined from River Plate and Haaland was signed in a £51 million ($63 million) deal with Borussia Dortmund. Pep Guardiola has witnessed Haaland score 27 goals in 24 outings, and the 22-year-physical old’s and mental abilities have pleased everyone at the Etihad Stadium.
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Alvarez forms part of that fan club, with the South American telling City’s official website of a talented team-mate: “I always say that beyond being a great player he’s a great person who always tries to help me. As a player he’s been showing how good he is for a while now with all of the goals he’s scored, not just here at Manchester City but also his former clubs. “What surprised me about him was his mentality, he wants more and more every day, and also for his height he’s so strong, quick, intelligent and decisive in front of goal. He’s decisive for the team so I try to learn from him every day and to see what I can take from him, playing with the best always helps you. I’m yet to play alongside him so I’m trying to prepare myself so that I can play as a lone striker or with him, whatever it may be, and just give my all.”
Despite City’s preference for a single striker system, it is expected that Alvarez and Haaland will be placed alongside one another at some point, with Guardiola’s team in need of attacking spark as they look to defend a domestic title and pursue an elusive European title.
City have fallen eight points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal in the title race, having allowed collective standards to slip of late, and will be back in action on Thursday when they face Tottenham.