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

Lawrence Cooper
December 3, 2017

"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90-plus minutes, I was very disappointed. Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me".

"But they didn't' want to play, they were time wasting from the ninth minute".

But Guardiola has now conceded he should not have approached Redmond in such a way, although he could not contain his emotions in the exhilarating aftermath of Raheem Sterling's injury-time victor.

"Yes", said Guardiola when asked if he regretted his actions.

"I also spoke with Oriol, with Van Dijk and with my players", said Guardiola and added, "I apologized to the referee for the way I celebrated the last goal, but I could not control myself".

"I was telling him how good a player he is", Guardiola insisted. "I said to Nathan: 'You are a good player and you have to attack'". "If they don't believe me, I don't know what I am doing here".

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However, after the final whistle, as the celebrations had died down and his own players and players from Southampton made their way off the Etihad Stadium pitch to return to the dressing rooms, it was clear that Guardiola's adrenaline rush had not left him.

"I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team", Guardiola said.

"It's so complicated when teams defend with ten players". Guardiola said: "I have played against millions of managers and the different ways they play".

That followed a similar, injury-time victor at Bournemouth and a point-saving late equaliser with Everton, the only team to have avoided defeat against rampant City this season.

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

The Sky Blues' next outing will see them host West Ham United on Sunday, where they'll look to continue their title charge with another win.

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