Erling Haaland was not in the starting line-up of the Manchester City Champions League match against Copenhagen on Tuesday, 11th October 2022.
The first time Erling Haaland has not been in the starting line-up and the first time Manchester City has failed to score this season.
Going down to 10 men against Copenhagen was the real problem for Pep Guardiola, but the goalless draw will not concern him too much. They are still in pole position to win their Champions League group.
It will be interesting to know what Haaland thought of Guardiola’s decision to leave him on the bench, though. The City boss suggested the Norwegian was “tired”, but the 22-year-old is looking to create history, and Tuesday night would have been another perfect opportunity to add to his remarkable Champions League goal tally.
With 28 goals in 22 games, his next strike will see him equal the totals of David Trezeguet (58 appearances), Roy Makaay (61 appearances), and Patrick Kluivert (71 appearances).
In the past week alone in all competitions, Haaland has scored two goals against Copenhagen, three against Manchester United, and one against Southampton. He has 20 already this season.