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Richard Dunne Has Noticed One Way Teams Could Go About Stopping Erling Haaland

Richard Dunne Has Noticed One Way Teams Could Go About Stopping Erling Haaland
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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It's the question that has plagued teams in the Premier League all season: how do you stop Erling Haaland?

At times, it feels as though the Manchester City striker is an unstoppable scoring machine. He has blitzed a number of goalscoring records over the course of the campaign and still has two finals to play in over the next ten days or so.

It is difficult to see any weaknesses in his game. Haaland is an athletic freak, possessing a frightening blend of pace and power that often leaves opposition defenders helpless at the back. Of course, his finishing isn't too bad either.


Considering that teams are now more familiar with his game, it will be interesting to see if they can come up with a better game plan to contain him next season.

Richard Dunne spots way to slow down Erling Haaland

Most teams that have faced Erling Haaland this season have found out first hand just how dangerous he can be, although some sides have had a bit more success in stopping him.

For example, Richard Dunne exclusively told Ladbrokes Fanzone that he has noticed that the Norwegian has been thrown off his game on a couple of occasions by defenders who did their best to get under his skin .

When Man City played Everton at the Etihad, I think it was him and Ben Godfrey who had a little bit of a go with each other, and I think that distracted Haaland a little bit.

He wasn't the same player because he was interested in what the defender was doing, and what was being said to him. I saw the same with Antonio Rudiger this season for Real Madrid in that first leg of the semi-finals. He distracted him, he got stuck into him and he was constantly having pops at him.

That took away from Haaland's performance, because he was more focused on the player than the actual game... I think that might be a tactic that other players and teams will try and deploy next season.

He is still young so he does still have that 'I can fight anybody' attitude and mentality...

If you can take his mind away from the game, then that's where defenders might get the better of him next season... but good luck with that!

The two times I've seen him not fully on it have been when those two centre-backs - Godfrey and Rudiger - have got into his head and got him involved in personal duels.

This will no doubt be something other teams attempt to replicate moving forward, although how successful they are remains to be seen.


The scary prospect for the rest of European football is that at only 22-years old, Erling Haaland should still have plenty of improving to do.

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