when Lampard was trying to recruit Erling Haaland

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Present at a press conference this Friday before the Premier League meeting between Manchester City and Everton (Saturday, 4 p.m.), Frank Lampard was obviously asked about the phenomenon of Cityzens, Erling Haaland (21). The Toffees coach was full of praise for the former Borussia Dortmund striker, who hits the mark on his time in England (20 goals in 14 league games, a record). “It is a difficult task (control it, editor’s note) because of his movement qualities and his power, first explained Lampard. You have to try not to give him the spaces he wants, it’s as simple as that, but of course a player of this talent can punish you at any time. He is extraordinary. Only a player at the highest level can do that. I have a lot of respect for him. »

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And the former Chelsea coach to go there with his little anecdote, before praising him even more. “I coached against him in a pre-season game against Salzburg. I had my eyes wide open on this young boy at the time. I think he had just signed for Salzburg. From the preparation, its potential was obvious. I tried to sign him at Chelsea, but it couldn’t happen. It was already clear at the time that he was going to become a great player. I know we will face him tomorrow (Saturday), but I respect individuals who are at the top of their game. We watched the World Cup with people like (Lionel) Messi and (Kylian) Mbappé in the final and you know, Haaland belongs to this category of players. » The Cyborg will appreciate… not sure, on the other hand, that he is more lenient for all that.

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