Manchester City’s star striker, Erling Haaland, is focused on securing historic wins for his team as they chase the treble. He was awarded the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award in London on Thursday, but remained fully committed to City’s upcoming finals. Since his £51million transfer from Borussia Dortmund last summer, Haaland has scored an impressive 52 goals in 51 games for City, including the upcoming Sunday Premier League finale against Brentford.
City is set to face Inter Milan in the Champions League final on June 10, a week after they play Manchester United in the FA Cup final, having already won the Premier League. The team is aiming to match their city rivals’ achievement of 1999. Haaland said that they must stay focused even though they’ve won the Premier League and aim to achieve good results in the next two finals, putting all his effort to win both. Regarding the match against Inter Milan, he said that being favourites means they have qualities that they should take advantage of, attack the game in their way, keep up their game and see who wins at the end.
Haaland earned 82% of the votes to win the FWA award, ahead of Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard. It’s a special moment for him, “I expected to do good things but, to do this, I didn’t expect it”, he said speaking to the FWA. With his record-breaking 36 Premier League goals in the season, Manchester City has secured a third straight title with three games to spare, after having trailed Arsenal by eight points at one stage.
Regarding his team’s upcoming games, Haaland states that it’s essential to take it game-by-game and live in the moment, focusing on what they can control, exactly what Pep Guardiola’s been telling them to do. For him, it’s unreal what they’ve achieved, being behind all season, and coming together as a unit, an amazing feeling.
Chelsea’s Sam Kerr won the women’s award, becoming the first football player to get the trophy in consecutive seasons. She scored the winner in Chelsea’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Manchester United earlier this month. Against Manchester United, Chelsea has the chance to clinch the WSL title on the final day of the season, should it win the match against Reading on Saturday. It’s something she feels proud of, especially with women’s football growing after the Euros. For anyone involved in football, they know how hard it is to come back year after year and to stay at the top, she said.
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