What a second half from the champions. After 45 minutes they were staring down the barrel as Palace led 2-0, but Bernardo Silva halved the deficit before Erling Haaland, not for the first or last time this season, took centre stage. The Norwegian scored his first Etihad goal and went on to complete a fine hat-trick to show everyone just what he can offer Pep Guardiola’s machine.
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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland is just the fourth player to score six or more goals in his first four Premier League appearances and the first to do so since Diego Costa managed seven in 2014. Mick Quinn and one of Haaland’s Man City predecessors Sergio Aguero also got six.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola on Erling Haaland’s hat-trick ,he said ,”Erling has done what he has done all his life, at Dortmund, at Salzburg, he scored goals. They were good goals. The most important thing is that he has settled well and he is a humble guy. He chats with the guys and the academy guys and that means a lot.
The three (he scored), especially the last one, but the first one as well, were all good goals.
Hopefully, he can be happy the time we are together.”
Guardiola further said that he was also impressed by the Norway star’s response to being two goals behind and that he is fast becoming an integral member of the squad.
“I saw his [Haaland’s] body language at 2-0 down and how he encouraged his team-mates,” Pep Guardiola said.
“That first (goal). I have a feeling that if he is not involved in the game, he is always there. He never runs away from the game.
“As a striker he is incredible. He cannot touch the ball, but he is always involved. The quality for the first goal, the cross is good, and the second, he is there,”Pep Guardiola added.