It’s an interesting confrontation. Erling Haaland, one of Europe’s best strikers, and Matthias De Ligt, one of Europe’s best defenders, will join.
Manchester City and Bayern Munich will face off in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in the 2022-23 season, which will be held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England at 4 am (Korean time) on the 12th.
Manchester City, ahead of the game, are currently on an upward curve. After losing to Tottenham Hotspur in February, they are on a 12-game unbeaten streak, and have won their last 8 matches. In particular, in the last 4 games, they exploded 21 goals, showing hot attack power.
Also, through the last game, Haaland returned from injury. Haaland was called up to the Norwegian national soccer team during the A match in March, but returned to the club after suffering a minor groin injury. The aftermath of the injury lasted a long time. In the end, Haaland missed the league match against Liverpool held on the 1st. Fortunately, he returned through the last game and scored a multi-goal against Southampton, stepping on the EPL 30 goal.
There is a player who must stop Haaland, who has sharp toes. That is Munich centre-back De Ligt. De Ligt boasts the number one ransom for a defender with 75 million euros (approximately 108 billion won) based on the soccer statistics media ‘Transfermarkt’ updated in March. 메이저놀이터
As such, he is one of the most outstanding defenders in recent years. De Ligt has scored 3 goals and 1 assist in 34 matches in all competitions this season. Also, Munich is running first in the Bundesliga with 29 goals conceded.
De Ligt already has the experience of thoroughly blocking Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in the round of 16. This time he has to deal with Haaland. “Haaland is one of the best strikers in the world, and he is showing a very good form. Manchester City are a very good team overall,” said De Ligt at a pre-match press conference.
“I think this game is going to be complicated. Haaland is very good inside and outside the box. Haaland is unbelievable, but he will struggle without a good cross or pass from Kevin De Bruyne. I think our whole team will do our best to stop Haaland.” I think we need to keep our shape,” he added.