Pep Guardiola was the first to say it minutes after the end of the match Manchester City – Borussia Dortmund (2:1) in the Champions League.
“You know what influence Johan Cruyff has had on me as a person, as a player and as a coach,” began the City manager. “Many years ago, Johan scored an amazing goal at Camp Nou against Atlético Madrid.
It is very similar to what we saw from Erling today. Unbelievable.”
The world had already thought of the comparison, because it was not at all difficult.
City’s Norwegian number nine Erling Holland rose like a fighter jet between the defenders, left-footed high in the air, to meet Joao Cancelo’s cross (which, in itself, was also a masterpiece with the outside of his foot).
And to score the winning goal for 2:1 in the 84th minute.
The performance was impressive and extremely difficult.
And brought the tape back to Cruyff’s goal, which Guardiola mentioned. He was voted #1 in the history of Barcelona by the fans in 2015. And quite deservedly so.
In the 1973-74 season, Cruyff punished Atlético in a similar fashion, rising from a very difficult position to a ball that seemed to go out of his reach on a cross. And returned it with an awkward foot (then right when crossing from the right, now left when a ball from the left), in the opposite direction – in the net. It is not only the best goal in Barcelona history, but probably the most popular goal ever scored by the great number 14.
The videos will assure you – the goals are similar, and they are so rare as a performance that it immediately stands out.