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Man City boss Guardiola confident Haaland temperament will see him handle expectations

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is impressed by Erling Haaland's temperament.

Haaland, one of the hottest young properties in the game, has commanded plenty of attention since his much-hyped move to Guardiola's Manchester City.

The Norwegian took it all in his stride with a superb two-goal display as the champions won at West Ham on his Premier League debut last weekend.

"I am not sleeping with him!" Guardiola joked when asked about the former Borussia Dortmund forward, this time in relation to how he deals with pressure. "I'm not at home with him so I don't know how he handles it.

"But what I see in the training session is that he was calm after Liverpool and calm after West Ham."

Guardiola feels the attention on Haaland meant the criticism he received after the Liverpool miss was exaggerated. He has no doubt he can go on to excel on the highest stage if he can remain level-headed.

"The moment he doesn't score goals they are going to say maybe he's not good," Guardiola said. "It looks like the end of the world will happen. In the bad situations everything is going bad.

"But you have to be calm in the bad moments and the best teams stay positive.

"He is a top striker and if you put the names of the biggest strikers of all time at that age - how many goals - he's the greatest. But he's still at a young age.

"I will encourage him to be a better player, a better finisher and (he has to) think, 'Today I will be better than yesterday'. When this happens he has the skills to be one of the best of best top scorers of all time."

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