Pep Guardiola expressed his admiration for Erling Haaland’s attitude after the striker’s Man of the Match performance against West Ham United.
Haaland got his Premier League career off to a perfect start at the London Stadium, where he scored both goals as Manchester City cruised to a 2-0 win.
“I know how he handled a lot of criticism this week,” he said at his post-match press conference.
“He was really calm, he trained really well but the way he took the ball for the penalty I said ‘I like it’.
“So direct and I think if someone is taking the ball, he would punch them in the face even though they are his mates!
“And that is a pretty good sign. To be so confident, I like it.”
Haaland was also pleased to hear his striker exhibiting the hunger he feels all top players have.
“That’s good I like it,” added Guardiola.
“I was fortunate as manager to be with Messi and when he scored two, he wanted three, and when scored three he wants four.
“The top goalscorers are never satisfied, they are always hungry and starving and want more.”