ULLEVAAL STADION (VG) Ståle Solbakken (54) defends Erling Braut Haaland (21) after a national team meeting with discussions about the star.
VGs Leif Wellhaven and Address Notice Berger Lovaldley has criticized the Norwegian Football Association for allowing Braut Haaland to avoid meeting the media during the rally in Oslo.
The former also accused Haaland of having stardom and questioned why Haaland had taken the company plane, which he owns with his father Alfie Haaland and two others, to Norway from Germany last Monday.
The last time he criticized Lovedley was on Sunday night.
On Monday morning, the Norway coach spent seven minutes defending Haaland, one of the world’s most sought-after players alongside Frenchman Kylian Mbappe. Both are expected to change clubs this summer, and there is a lot of interest in the choices they want to make.
I think it’s unfair that we try to find faults that we can do with Erling. This is with his plane. It’s now in a position where they have a plane they use, which they probably rent out a bit and is a business. On Monday, Erling had three chances. He could leave Germany at 05.00 and take the first scheduled flight, but then waited for two hours at an airport. It’s not possible to do in his situation now (where he is well known), Solbakken says.
Haaland gave again when he sent Norway up front with their 2-0 win over Slovakia last Friday:
Haaland scored 13 goals in 16 matches for Norway and 82 goals in 80 matches with Borussia Dortmund. Solbakken thinks the 21-year-old Brin’s criticism is uniquely unworthy.
– I’m a little sorry. I can’t claim that the best thing would probably have been if Erling sat here and honestly answered all the questions, but he has a very realistic rationale and presents it in a way I don’t have a hard time accepting. Now it is an extreme situation for him. So I’m sorry about that, because I don’t think it’s fair, says the Norwegian national team manager.
Løfaldli also claims that Solbakken risks losing his power both internally and externally by granting Haaland’s wish for freedom from the media to this gathering.
– He should be allowed to think about it, but it’s not that any of the boys here interact with her. On the contrary, I think. They understand that. I, as a leader, do what I think is right for the group. It will never be a perfect fit for everyone, Solbakken answers.
On Tuesday at 19.00, Norway will play the last training match before the start of the Nations League tournament in June, which is part of qualification for the European Championship in Germany in 2024. Then the men’s national team will play the following matches:
June 2: Serbia – Norway
June 5: Sweden – Norway
June 9: Norway – Slovenia
June 12: Norway – Sweden
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