Guardiola explains incident with Nathan Redmond

Sheri Evans
December 3, 2017

The Southampton winger was confronted by the Manchester City manager immediately after City's 2-1 win.

In the immediate aftermath of Premier League leaders City snatching the points through Raheem Sterling's 96th-minute victor, Guardiola approached Redmond on the field and gesticulated in an animated fashion.

The City boss insisted after the match he had only wanted to tell Redmond "how good a player he is", and Redmond has backed up that account following reports on Thursday which suggested Guardiola had in fact been strongly criticising the once-capped England player. He has not been charged with misconduct at this stage.

"When I give you an opinion, I give you an opinion", former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola told reporters.

"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90+ minutes, I was very disappointed". I have to do that but I could not.

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"If the FA wants my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want but, if they don't believe me, I don't know what we are doing here. I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is" was what Guardiola claimed before Redmond came to his support. If they want to listen to me then I will do it.

I've just seen this story and felt I had to say something and clear a few things that are floating around right now. "It's not a problem".

Guardiola courted controversy on Wednesday evening after gesticulating on the pitch with Redmond following City's late win. Guardiola said: "I have played against millions of managers and the different ways they play".

However, the matchup turned out to be far from a straightforward one for Guardiola's men, with Oriol Romeu's equaliser 15 minutes from time having thrown a spanner in the works for the Premier League table-toppers, following Kevin De Bruyne's opener in the 47th-minute. "I had regret there after the game and [it is] the same now". Today, he could not attack because they defended all the time.

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