Manchester City arrived in Houston late Saturday night Norwegian time. On Sunday, they trained for the first time in the Texas Sun.
The first pictures of Haaland in training for his new team were the subject of conversation, but he is not the only Norwegian touring.
19-year-old Oscar Pope, a 19-year-old Oslo boy, made his first-team debut the previous season, TV2 revealed. Saturday.
After training with the rest of the team in the morning, the boy attended an event with disabled children a few hours later.
Along with some other youngsters from the City team, as well as superstars Riyad Mahrez and Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bob played football with the kids, took pictures, signed autographs and distributed free tickets for Wednesday’s game against Mexican Club America in Houston.
Then TV 2 gave an interview to the former Lyn, Porto and Vålerenga player.
– I’ve known for a while that the first team was going on a trip and I hope to be allowed to join, so I was very happy. Bob says it’s great that most of the first team is involved, so I can see how they act and live.
– How was the first day?
It’s exciting to look at Erling and the other boys. We walked through the airport. I’m totally back to normal, but they’re turned off the whole time. For them, this happens all the time and it becomes a lot. It’s amazing to see, because you’ve forgotten a little bit how big they are. It was so great, it’s so professional, good facilities, I’ve never been to the US, so it’s great.
He died five minutes later
He has just thrown into a water bottle and is standing with a towel around his neck to protect himself from the scorching sun.
The thermometer rounds 38 degrees in the shade. With the humidity soaring in Houston, the heat was causing problems in early practice Sunday morning.
– He was completely sick. We play in a square at the beginning of training. I was completely dead five minutes later. But I’m fine, Bob smiles.
– The square with these players is not easy, is it?
– No, this is not easy. I try to go as far as possible with the smaller ones, but I end up a lot in the middle.
With the exception of Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, all of City’s biggest stars are based in the United States.
After training with Kevin de Bruyne and the rest of the Premier League champions, Bobb goes through the following above par rule:
– Better than ever. These here are the largest in the world. There was no course I participated in and it was not fully operational and 100 percent serious. It is something that I see and that inspires me.
How does Pep Guardiola feel as a coach?
– Very nice guy. very strong. Everything should always be 100 percent. Very good at explaining in depth. I think it might be the best ever. You can see it better up close.
– Have you had conversations with him?
– I haven’t had a lot of personal conversations, but it’s good that he greets and asks if I’m okay. He seems to be a very good man. I think it’s best to be there to see how he is on top.
It sparked discussions and speculation on social media that Erling Braut Haaland was not photographed training during his first week as a City player, but trained on Sunday with the team.
Bob says Haaland was respectful from the first moment:
– We practiced finishes. He was too sick to see. It’s another thing, donkey.
Is it good to have another Norwegian in the team?
– The conversations we had were very interesting. He gave me good advice, actually. Bob says he’s the best striker in the world, so it’s just about seeing the way he lives, plays and learns from it.
So far, the 19-year-old has sat on the bench for City’s first team only once, in the FA Cup against Swindon in January. Now he hopes to have minutes under Guardiola, whether against Club America on Wednesday or Bayern Munich on Saturday.
– I spoke to my mum and dad, and told them first of all that I wanted to join in to see how it was. But even if it’s a little, I hope I get to know him. I am now happy to be here and I hope something good will happen. The main focus is on doing it well enough, so I think everything comes naturally, says Oscar Pope.
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