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Julian Alvarez: Reflecting on a stellar year

Manchester City star Julian Alvarez spoke about the shining year he had and his outstanding performance.

Julian Alvarez, the 24-year-old striker for Manchester City, has achieved an impressive collection of 14 trophies for both club and country, a feat many players aspire to accomplish throughout their entire careers. Upon joining City on his 22nd birthday, the Argentine didn’t anticipate such rapid success but willingly embraced the challenge of elevating his game.

Having a stellar start with City by scoring on his debut against Liverpool in the Community Shield, Alvarez, who spent the initial six months of 2022 with River Plate, saw his reputation soar, particularly after netting six goals in a single match against Allianza Lima. Despite encountering stiff competition from Erling Haaland for the central forward role, Alvarez demonstrated patience and capitalized on his opportunities, scoring 17 times in just 23 starts.

Reflecting on his remarkable journey, Alvarez told Goal: “You always imagine and have your dreams and objectives, but I didn’t think about it that way, more step-by-step and what was coming up next. The first thing was to score and be on the same level as City. I also knew the World Cup was coming up soon, so I had to be on the same level as Argentina and help them, and in the end everything came off. It was an incredible year and I’m very happy and very proud of everything I did.”

Julian Alvarez scored 17 goals in 23 starts for Manchester City

Acknowledging the competition and recognizing Manchester City’s formidable reputation, Alvarez expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola. He stated: “Obviously, City are one of the best clubs in the world in the past few years and Guardiola one of the best coaches. I grew up watching Barca in the era of Messi when Pep was coach and I admired him a lot for everything he was doing and achieved there. Having him as a coach is a privilege.”

In his second season, Alvarez has progressed significantly and emerged as a crucial member of the City team, transitioning from a substitute to consistently featuring in Guardiola’s plans. He has been a constant presence, starting every Premier League match, and only captain Kyle Walker has logged more minutes. Currently City’s second-top scorer with 13 goals, trailing behind Haaland, Alvarez has also contributed seven assists. Additionally, he has fostered a highly-profitable ‘little and large’ partnership with the Norwegian forward.

“I always say that playing with the best players makes you better. Erling is one of them. There are many influential, top-level players in the team who have been doing very good things for their clubs and their national teams for a long time, and playing with the best players helps you grow, so I’m very proud and happy about that,” he says.

“I think that we have demonstrated that together we can do very good things to help the team, you can see it on the pitch, but the statistics show it too in terms of goals and assists.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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