Pep Guardiola: Man City manager regrets Nathan Redmond outburst

Guardiola wary of bans before derby

I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is. Redmond released a statement saying Guardiola "was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me".

But the City boss has played down any bad blood between the pair and simply revealed he was complimenting the 23-year-old.

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

'I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end, ' he said after City's 2-1 win.

The City head coach pushed Redmond in the chest and harangued the 23-year-old as he tried to walk off the pitch moments after Raheem Sterling's 95th-minute victor.

Moments after the full-time whistle, Guardiola looked raging with the Southampton ace as he shouted in his face and pushed the winger.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad S
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad S

"I admire Redmond as a player and say thank you for his comments, but if the FA want my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want". All the managers want to help their players because if they play bad we'll be sacked.

"I've played in my career against lots of managers and I will never judge the way opponents play against one of my teams. If people don't believe me, let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games". "It's the same as I do to beat them".

Guardiola, who has until December 4 to respond to the FA, said after Wednesday's match that the reason he appeared to be exchanging angry words with Redmond was because of Southampton's "time-wasting" tactics.

'Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that's what makes him one of the best Manager's in world football'.

City host West Ham at the Etihad on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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