Julián Álvarez, better than Haaland

The ‘spider“He continues to bite through the Etihad networks at will.” Julián Álvarez is the fittest footballer Pep Guardiola has on his board today, and yesterday he proved it again with a real performance on his Champions League debut against Red Star. Neither Haaland, nor Grealish, nor Foden, nor Bernardo. Always Julian.

Last night he was once again the unlikely hero he’s gradually no longer being, in a battle that could have ended in tragedy. Manchester City were 1-0 down at half-time despite having 71% possession and 22, yes 22, shots on goal. In the second half, Julián was responsible for breaking down the cobwebs.

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A double of “genius”

On an evening when it was starting to get cold at the Etihad and impatience was growing among the Citizens booth, Julián Álvarez took the team on his back and warmed fans’ hearts with a framing double.

The first goal came two minutes after the break, to Erling Haaland’s pass. He ran behind the defense to catch the Norwegian’s provider and beat the opposing goalkeeper. The roles have been swapped a lot lately. and now it’s the Argentine who finishes the plays.

He played and made people playalways receiving between the lines and moving in the last third of the field to create and find spaces where no one else sees them. He was a little lucky with his second goal of the evening, as the free kick landed in the top corner after a mistake in the goalkeeper’s free throw. of the Red Star. However, he had very bad intentions and represented his interests in the best possible way.

Historical records

The former River Plate footballer He has already scored four goals and provided three assists in eight games this season. For his part, Erling Haaland has yet to make his Champions League debut, although he contributed an assist in the Argentine’s first game. Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and European Super Cup championsJulián’s hunger for titles and his ambition remain unbroken.

He has 21 goals and 7 assists in just over 3,000 minutes played. He has played as a pure ‘9’, as a second striker, in midfield and wherever Guardiola wants to use him. As a substitute or as an appetizer. Julián is always there to attract attention.

As if that wasn’t enough, what a European dream evening He surpassed Leo Messi’s early record of more than 15 years by becoming the youngest footballer to score a goal from a free kick at the age of 23.. The Argentine star succeeded in 2009.

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