Euro Cup Germany - Erling Haaland really miss out on Euro 2024

Posted by World Wide Tickets And Hospitality on November 19th, 2023

Norway have messed up qualifying for Euro Cuo 2024 major tournament.The Scandinavians' hopes of finishing in the top two groups are now over and qualifying for the knockout stages is now out of the question. Norway's hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2024 were dashed by Spain on 15 October. However, in fact, the fatal blow had been dealt four months earlier. On 17 June, Norway suffered a 2–1 home defeat to Scotland, from which they never recovered.

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The date of the game was hugely significant as it took place just a week after the Champions League final in Istanbul, where Manchester City won a historic treble with a 1-0 win over Inter Milan. The achievement sparked wild celebrations in Pep Guardiola's team, with Erling Haaland taking an active part in the celebrations.

He also had every right to do so. Haaland played a crucial role in the treble, breaking the Premier League single-season goalscoring record and becoming the Champions League's top scorer. But the Norwegian is known for his maturity and professionalism, so he was never going to play Jack Grealish at a party that started in Turkey and ended in England, with a short trip to Ibiza in between.

So while Scotland assistant coach John Carver joked before the Group A decider in Oslo that he hoped Haaland was still having fun, Norway coach Stijl Solbakken wasn't worried about his main player turning up. a vital qualifying match already worn out.

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I don’t know how much Coca-Cola or beer he drank, the Norwegian boss said with a smile. It’s important that he rests and gets over both the euphoria and the feeling that you and your teammates have done something great in 10-11 months. Then you need to let it relax a bit for 48 hours. or however long it takes. It's not like I walked into his room and gave an Al Pacino speech to get him to work on Saturday. It's about common sense. Rest, sleep and tactical training.

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“I have to respect the fact that we might have to put a slightly different twist on Saturday than with the other player, given what he's been through. This does not mean that he cannot participate in tactical training or that he cannot stay awake for tactical meetings. He must be honest about how he feels. How overwhelmed and tired are you mentally and physically? How quickly can you process these impressions? I have no doubt that he can do it."

However, it quickly became clear that two days of raucous celebrations had done nothing to shake Haaland off from the mental and physical toll of City's 53-game season, which had, it must be said, begun to take its toll on him. The 23-year-old has scored once in his last eight appearances in all competitions, well into the campaign.

We played with one less man in Euro Cup 2024

Haaland recently stated that during long periods when he barely touches the ball during City's patient, long build-up games, he often falls into a trance-like state. I just walk around, stand there, go through the motions in my own world, and nothing... It's hard to explain, he admitted to The Telegraph last month. I leave my body and become a zombie. It's kind of like getting out of the zone. It's like looking around. Waiting for a chance. And when the chance comes, I know I have to be ready, you know?”

Unfortunately for Norway, that's exactly how he played against Scotland - like a zombie. Having started their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 defeat in Spain and a desperately disappointing 1-1 draw with Georgia, Norway desperately needed a win against an uninformed Scotland side and Haaland gave them a deserved lead with a 61st-minute penalty.  

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However, something was wrong. It wasn't just a lack of participation; There was a worrying lack of sharpness towards the deadliest striker in the game today. And the longer the game went on, the worse it became. Haaland was clearly exhausted, and he knew it too. He asked for a substitution and Solbakken had no hesitation in substituting his star striker six minutes before the end of normal time.

As the coach told reporters after the game: “In the last few minutes Erling was on the field, we played with one less player. It was completely empty. He's exhausted." However, Scotland did not do this. Lyndon Dykes equalized three minutes after Haaland went off and the Scots struck again almost immediately, with Kenny McLean's match-winner silencing the Ulleval Stadium.

Let your feet do the talking before Euro Cup 2024

The state of shock soon gave way to outbursts of anger - and Haaland became the target. Instead of stopping to greet Norway fans outside the arena after the game, the striker walked towards the team bus, refusing to take selfies or sign autographs. Many fans were furious and booed the player they had been cheering for moments before.

This reaction may surprise some outsiders, but Haaland's behavior and attitude on and off the field have raised concerns in the past. Traveling home to international camps on a private jet may not be unusual these days, especially among the game's true superstars, but it has never gone down particularly well in Haaland's native Norway, where it is perceived as both a lack of humility and a lack of concern . for the environment. Euro 2024 fans can book Euro 2024 Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Moreover, Haaland was not always as willing to communicate with his compatriots as the international press. Indeed, after Solbakken acquiesced to Haaland's request to be relieved of his media duties in March 2022, the attacker explained on Twitter that he was simply following the advice of a farmer who told him to "let his feet do the talking."

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Ahead of Euro Cup 2024 - Help on the way for Haaland?

Haaland scored six times in qualifying, but five of those goals came in games against Georgia and Cyprus. Norway proved completely unable to get him the ball in the most important matches.

In the must-win clash with Spain last month, for example, Haaland had just 17 touches - fewer than any other player who started the game. Such stats obviously won't bother City, who really only need Haaland to complete their carefully crafted attacks, but Norway need a lot more involvement from Haaland.

Dani Carvajal even noted that one of the keys to Spain's success in Oslo was that the defenders put a lot of pressure on Haaland every time he received the ball. By doing this, they effectively nullified Norway's entire attacking threat.

Solbakken firmly believes that positive steps are being taken and that the team's performance is developing and improving. He can also point to the emergence of a pair of very exciting strikers in Antonio Nusa (18) and Oscar Bobb (20) who should create plenty of chances for Haaland in the coming years.

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On the contrary, the porous nature of the protection is a major cause for concern. Spain and Scotland conceded just three goals each in Group A; Norway sent nine. Leo Østigård may have belatedly become something of a mainstay for Napoli this season, but not enough players in the Norwegian defense are consistently performing at the highest level of European football. The fact that Valerenga's 33-year-old centre-back Stefan Stendberg remains the top option alongside Ostigård tells you all you need to know about the lack of defensive depth.

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