Guardiola explains incident with Nathan Redmond

Arnold Nichols
December 3, 2017

'I told him I was doing what my Manager had asked me to do in the game.

'Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me, ' the Saints man told his followers on Twitter.

Guardiola admitted frustration that Southampton "didn't want to play" and "were time wasting from the ninth minute".

Guardiola walked on to the pitch following his team's 2-1 win over Southampton and gestured wildly during an exchange with Redmond before playing down the incident in his post-match news conference saying he was merely praising the 23-year-old. "I said to Nathan you are a good player and you have to attack".

Redmond has also said that Guardiola's words were encouraging, but Roberts has taken a different point of view and believes the Manchester City boss has no business telling an opposition footballer how to play.

While Guardiola's actions were unusual, the most important opinion on the matter is Redmond's, and he evidently welcomed the comments he received.

Guardiola insisted that his aggression was as a result of Southampton's time-wasting. We didn't win clearly because it's so complicated when 10 players defend in the box. This season, however, Citizens earned all three points thanks to a late victor from Raheem Sterling.

Redmond explained that "nothing negative or offensive was said towards me" and concluded: "Sadly this story is an example of lazy journalism and is a complete joke".

"I played against millions in managers and the different ways they play", he said.

City host West Ham at 16:00 GMT on Sunday, while Southampton travel to south-coast rivals Bournemouth at 13:30 on the same day. "Last season he destroyed us here".

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