At their Champions League debut, City mistreated Sevilla, with a wild Haaland (brace). But the Spanish club has taken a particular revenge, published some data that have put the British in the hat.
Erling Haaland picked up where he left off with Dortmund colors: scoring. The Norwegian phenomenon continues to put together exceptional performances, maintaining an impressive average under goal and even against Sevilla he has scored on two occasions. A real goal machine that launched it towards Guardiola’s Manchester City was an easy success. But to have had the last word, despite the resounding 4-0 home defeat, were the Spanish fans and Sevilla. By publishing a fact that has embarrassed the English club.
Obviously, at the official debut with his new shirt, Haaland took over the entire Pizjuán scene in Seville, almost immediately opening the scoring (at 20 ‘) of the easy English poker on Lopetegui’s team against which at 67’ he put his second personal seal before leaving the field in favor of Alvarez. Yet another demonstration of strength and quality for the 22-year-old from Leeds who has already set 12 goals (and an assist) in 9 games in the pipeline since the beginning of the season, as well as other goals with the Norway shirt, confirming himself as an absolute level striker which will surely make the City’s fortunes in the Premier League and in Europe.
Yet, even in the face of so much class and skill, in Seville the flying Norwegian together with the other protagonists of the Champions League goal did not find equal response from their fans, who arrived for the cup debut in Seville, with a small group of fans in tow. So few that it aroused general amazement to such an extent that it did not want to go unnoticed even by the hosts who took advantage of it to make fun of us via social media on their official accounts.
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774. This is the number that has put Manchester City in total embarrassment and that has almost overshadowed the success that indicates that Guardiola’s team is a true candidate for final victory. And 774 were the very few lucky English fans who were able to watch Haaland’s goal show, despite – as per UEFA regulations – the City had been assigned 2,300 seats at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. The official account, in English, of Sevilla did not miss the opportunity and dropped the classic load, having fun underlining the figure, which immediately went viral: “There are 38,764 in attendance today, including 774 Man City fans”all as a corollary of an image of the Spanish fans at the stadium.
Such a small number of fans in tow, obviously aroused the hilarity of many users underlining a trend that has always accompanied Manchester City: despite having been one of the most successful clubs in England in the last ten years, and having entered the elite of football in Europe, it is regularly derided for its chronic lack of fans, a so much so that in England many opposing fans call sarcastically the “Etihad Stadium” the “Emptyhad Stadium”.
A profound irony immediately spread on social media: “The clear proof that beyond winning, losing or drawing City will never be anywhere near as big as United.” “Sevilla ridiculed City with this post”. “I thought it was a parody account but it’s all true.” “I enjoy how humiliating this is, they too have been destroyed.”
All while Haaland continued his sensational start to the season in a show that is already becoming all too usual for City fans. Also taking the final compliments of a more than enthusiastic Guardiola: “His numbers, throughout his career to date, even in the previous teams, are quite similar. Erling has an incredible sense of goal. We have incredible numbers in terms of objectives and we must continue “. But perhaps reviewing those of the fans in tow: 774 are really a bit ‘few.