Only world stars like Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema have scored more than Alexander Sorloth (27). This makes national team manager Stahl Solbakken elated.
This past Saturday, Sorloth took first place A Norwegian player who has scored goals in five consecutive LaLiga matches. He previously shared the record with John Carew, who scored four goals in four consecutive matches.
It’s a feat that LaLiga expert Peter Wieland believes gets little attention.
– I’m not going to be a cliché to say that “people just don’t understand how big it is”, but I definitely think it doesn’t get much attention here in Norway. His recent performance has been absolutely amazing. Only Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema have scored 5 goals in 5 games this season, so he’s in Celibert’s company, Veland tells VG.
– Sørloth is part of the Sociedad squad that makes its way through LaLiga during the day. They have now won nine matches in a row, which Sociedad has never done before.
The 27-year-old’s eighth league goal means he is fourth on the top scorer list, just one behind Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. In the lead are Robert Lewandowski of Barcelona (13) and Joselo of Espanyol (10).
– If he continues like this, he can undoubtedly become the number three scorer in LaLiga. Lewandowski and Benzema will probably dominate at the top, but it’s also more likely that they will be behind them, says Wieland.
National team manager Ståle Solbakken also praised the strikers’ fine form.
What Sørloth does during the day speaks her own language. Solbakken tells VG that he is very good at taking chances of a team that is in very good shape.
The national team coach has no doubts that the in-form Alex will be very important for Norway during the EC qualifiers in March.
Getting Sørloth fit for the qualifiers can help turn even the most difficult matches in our favour. For Norway, Sørloth played a form of forward, having to work a lot on defence. This is a role that I think he was well dressed in, and he was very good in both games Sweden In the League of Nations, says Solbakken.
With Sørloth, Ødegaard and Haaland at their best, many are eager for a line-up in which the Drammenser 10s will play, along with Haaland and Sørloth as a forward duo.
Solbakken says we are unlikely to see such a mix in Norway.
– You probably won’t see it, no. The reason is that it becomes difficult to perform from a purely tactical point of view. Erling is used to playing forward on his own, which we saw at City, Dortmund and Salzburg. In addition, it is a legend that Ødegaard plays in the last 10 for Arsenal. In their constructive play, Ødegaard always pulls to the right, and is very involved in defence, he says and adds:
The question of whether all three can play in their preferred positions at the same time keeps popping up. I think all three have played very well this summer and therefore I see no reason to change anything.
On Wednesday, Sociedad will truly test their winning streak when they go into the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Away against the Catalans, Sociedad haven’t won since the 3-1 win in 1991.
Can Sørloth and Co secure a historic victory on Wednesday?
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