Guardiola explains incident with Nathan Redmond

Posted December 04, 2017

Mauricio Pellegrino praised Nathan Redmond's response to his face-off with Pep Guardiola after the midfielder helped Southampton rescue a point at Bournemouth.

"What I said is what I said and what Nathan Redmond said in his statement yesterday", he continued.

Speaking at a news conference to preview Monday's (AEDT) Premier League game against West Ham United, Guardiola was asked whether he regretted his actions and simply replied: "Yes". "If people don't believe me, let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games". "But when one of the world's best managers compliments you or gives advice in any way, you listen".

"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".

The Spaniard said after the game that he was telling 23-year-old "how good a player he is" and how he was unhappy that he didn't openly attack City and instead played for the draw. I said what I said and what Nathan said in his statement. "Last season he destroyed us here and I didn't know him".

He said, "Oriol for me is one of the leaders of the club, of this team, one of the captains too".

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"It's so complicated when teams defend with 10 players", he added.

"I know Pellegrino wanted to win the game, definitely".

"I've faced this kind of team a lot in my career and I have to think how to beat them". Never in my career, on or off the pitch, was I disrespectful about what they believe they have to do to beat me. It's really frustrating for us but I am happy for them.

City's victory over Southampton came courtesy of a 96th minute winning goal from Raheem Sterling, the third time in eight days the England striker had scored a last-minute decider. This season, however, Citizens earned all three points thanks to a late victor from Raheem Sterling.

Guardiola apologised to referee Paul Tierney for his manic goal celebration when scored another sensational late victor to keep City eight points clear at the top of the.

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