What Guardiola told Redmond after City's dramatic win over Southampton


Guardiola's behaviour appeared to be aggressive but he claimed afterwards he was merely praising Redmond's attacking qualities - something the once-capped England worldwide corroborated in a statement issued on Thursday to refute allegations made by The Sun newspaper that the City boss directed foul and abusive language towards him.

"[I told him] how good a player he is", Guardiola said.

Guardiola approached Redmond moments after Raheem Sterling had scored a 96th-minute victor for the league leaders at Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola has previous in terms of animated on-field encounters, most famously with Joshua Kimmich after his Bayern Munich team drew 0-0 with Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park in 2016. Hopefully I will improve.

Guardiola was seen yelling at Redmond just moments after Raheem Sterling last-gasp victor and some reports claimed the Spaniard had called the forward a "w****r". "I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is" was what Guardiola claimed before Redmond came to his support. The can do that with me, with Nathan and with The Sun.

"If they want to listen to me, I will do it".

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"Guardiola commented on my qualities as a young English player and how we wanted me to attack his team more during the game, in a similar way to last season", Redmond said.

He added: "I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game".

Redmond took to Twitter on Thursday night to brush off the conversation as "positive and complimentary" although Guardiola admitted on Friday he regrets his actions.

Meanwhile the City manager still insisted he meant no disrespect to Southampton or their manager Mauricio Pellegrino, his former Barcelona team-mate.

"It is the same as what I do to beat them". Guardiola said: "I have played against millions of managers and the different ways they play". "My emotion was there because of how I celebrated, scored the goal after 96 minutes".