Here are your Manchester City evening headlines on Tuesday, September 20.
A Manchester City sports therapist has joined Erling Haaland on international duty for Norway, tasked with monitoring the striker’s routine while away from the Etihad.
Haaland has begun life at City in unstoppable form, scoring 14 goals in ten games and setting new Premier League records for his start in the division. Now, he will spend the next fortnight away with Norway for Nations League fixtures with Slovenia and Serbia.
And it seems City have moved to work with the Norwegian national side to keep Haaland’s fitness a top priority for both club and country, with City sports therapist Mario Pafundi also joining the camp with a brief to monitor Haaland’s training ahead of a return to Premier League action.
Speaking at the start of the camp, Norway manager Stale Solbakken confirmed that Pafundi has joined their set-up as a third therapist on a temporary basis, adding that it was Haaland’s idea.
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Former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer has suggested that Manchester City are still ‘the team to beat’ this season after an impressive start to the campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won five of their opening seven Premier League matches, without losing so far this campaign. The reigning champions have only dropped points against Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
City and Tottenham Hotspur remain the only unbeaten sides in the top-flight, but it is Arsenal who currently sit top of the table after a strong start to the campaign.
Shearer has since claimed that Tottenham are ‘right up there’ with City, but insisted that Guardiola’s side are still the favourites for the league title. He also suggested that it has been a ‘strange’ start to the new campaign.