After the opening win against Gibraltar, Norway wanted to play against Turkey on Saturday. But instead of the next threesome, there was a bitter clap. Erling Haaland in particular got his fat off afterwards.
Borussia Dortmund’s top striker Erling Haaland had to put up with severe criticism from TV experts in his home country after the 3-0 defeat with Norway in the World Cup qualifying against Turkey. There was talk of “disappointment” and “surrender”.
“You don’t see any of it here”
“He doesn’t play with the self-confidence that we know from him,” said ex-professional Bernt Hulsker at VGTV. “If he had missed such passes in Dortmund, he would have been mad at himself and would have slapped his face. It seemed like a surrender here,” said Hulsker.
Bernt Hulsker was not satisfied with Haaland’s performance. (Source: Digitalsport / imago images)
Norway’s former captain, John Arne Riise, also took a hard line against Haaland. “He was praised so much for getting emotional at Dortmund when things don’t go well. But you don’t see anything here,” said the TV expert.
The captain and coach defend Haaland
Norway’s national coach Ståle Solbakken (formerly 1. FC Köln) defended Haaland and neighbor Alexander Sörloth from RB Leipzig. “I think that Haaland and Sörloth should have been alluded to earlier in some attacks,” said Solbakken.
Captain Martin Ödegaard also defended teammate Haaland: “It’s about us using him better. We have to play better football and create more opportunities for him.”