During the Young Boys’ 3-0 loss to Manchester City on Tuesday, manager Raphael Wickey said his captain asked City striker Erling Haaland for his coveted shirt — he had to talk to Muhammad Ali at half-time. .
“I didn’t see it, it’s news to me and I’m a little surprised right now,” Wicki told reporters after the game.
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“On the other hand, I don’t think it has anything to do with the game or the performance but I’ll probably have a word with him and see what he thinks.
“Maybe Erling asked him to swap, I don’t know!”
The Young Boys player was seen approaching Haaland, who had already scored one of his two goals, as they headed towards the tunnel and swapped shirts.
It is not unusual for players to trade shirts at full-time, as many City and Young Boys players did at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, but half-time exchanges are rare and often draw the ire of fans who feel it is out of place in the heat. of war
Former City player Keith Carl told Sky Sports he would be “raging” as a manager.
City manager Pep Guardiola said the swap did not bother him.
“I don’t know about it,” he said. “We won 3-0. It happened, I don’t know why.”
Haaland’s first goal came from the penalty spot while Guardiola scored his second – a left-footed rocket from 20 meters described as “amazing”.
“Usually Erling scores, he has this talent in the six-yard box, the 18-yard box, he hasn’t done it for the first time,” said the Spanish manager. “Yes, it was a great goal.”
Guardiola said there was a sense of achievement to secure a knockout berth with two games to spare, but the aim is to top the group to secure a second game in the last-16.
“The work is not finished, we have to finish first,” Guardiola said. “We have a job to do, the first stage of qualification is done. Really impressed, two great goals.”