Haaland thanks Mbappe for inspiration

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“It was good to score the goals, I love the Champions League and when I saw Mbappe scored the hat-trick yesterday I got free motivation so thanks to him.”

These are the words of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland after scoring a Kylan Mbappe inspired brace against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Paris St Germain’s Mbappe had set Europe’s elite competition alight on Tuesday with a stunning treble in the 4-1 drubbing of Barca, but Haaland was also out to make his mark, netting two superbly-taken goals in his side’s 3-2 win in Seville.

“He [Mbappe] scored some nice goals and I got a free boost from him,” insists Haaland.

Haaland’s goals moved him on to a remarkable 18 in 13 Champions League matches and he is on course to overtake Mbappe as the player to score the most goals in Europe’s top competition before his 21st birthday.

Mbappe, now 23, struck 19 Champions League goals before turning 21 and Haaland does not celebrate his birthday until July. Haaland has now scored 10 times for the Germans in seven games in the Champions League.

A man of few words, the youngster was asked how it felt to be coveted by Real Madrid. “It’s always nice when someone wants you,” he said.

Dortmund beat PSG 2-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie last year but were knocked out in the return game and Haaland said they could not afford to be complacent when they host Sevilla next month.

“We had three away goals, that’s quite important but we have to attack the game at home to Sevilla and keep going,” he added.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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