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Erling Haaland has been compared to former Inter Milan stars Christian Vieri and Adriano but his Man City team-mate Julian Alvarez has called him the ‘better’ striker


Erling Haaland has been compared to former Inter Milan stars Adriano and Christian Vieri – but is not Manchester City’s best striker, says former Italy striker Antonio Cassano.

Haaland has enjoyed a strong start to life under Pep Guardiola, since joining City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

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Haaland has six goals in 10 appearances in six games so far for Manchester City, including back-to-back hat-tricks

Cassano (L) believes the 22-year-old is not City's best striker

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Cassano (L) believes the 22-year-old is not City’s best striker

The 22-year-old has scored 10 goals in his first six Premier League appearances, while scoring consecutive hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest at the Ethiad Stadium.

The former Juventus, AC Milan and Inter striker Cassano drew comparisons between Haaland and former Inter stars Vieri and Adriano.

Cassano, however, doesn’t think Haaland is the best striker available to Pep Guardiola.

“He’s special, I see a bit of Adriano from Inter and Vieri’s progress,” Cassano said, as quoted by Football Italia.

“Haaland is very strong, he’s sort of Romelu Lukaku, but much stronger although I think Julian Alvarez is better because he has more quality.”

Alvarez, 21, moved to the Etihad Stadium from River Plate in January and has scored twice in four Premier League appearances.


Alvarez impresses Cassano, who believes he will only get better

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Alvarez impresses Cassano, who believes he will only get better

The Argentine striker had already been in talks with Juventus, AC Milan and Fiorentina, before opting to join Guardiola’s side.

Adriano, a former Brazil international, is one of Serie A’s most iconic strikers and scored 74 goals in 177 appearances for the Nerazzurri.

In total, he scored 77 goals in 180 Serie A appearances for Inter, Fiorentina and Parma.

Vieri, on the other hand, was arguably the best Italian striker between the 90s and the 2000s.

Haaland has similar attributes to Haaland, says Cassano

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Haaland has similar attributes to Haaland, says Cassano

Vintage video: Inter Milan and Italian legend Christian Vieri's greatest goals

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The Norway international also drew comparisons to Vieri

He has scored 142 goals in 264 Serie A appearances, including 23 in 49 appearances for AC Milan.

Haaland will be looking to continue where he left off so far and add more goals to his tally.

Alvarez, appears to be a shrewd move by Guardiola, and is also hoping to hit double figures this campaign.

Both will also be keen to help City lift their first ever Champions League trophy, with City starting their campaign in Sevilla on Tuesday night, live on talkSPORT.

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