Guardiola regrets Redmond pep talk

Guardiola regrets Redmond pep talk

Guardiola regrets Redmond pep talk

"Yes [I regret it]", Guardiola said.

The City manager, who expressed "regret" for the Redmond confrontation, must give his written observations to the FA before 6pm on Monday.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told reporters afterwards that he was merely telling the 23-year-old how much he admired him as a player - a version of events Redmond corroborated with a statement issued via his Twitter account on Thursday.

It initially appeared Guardiola was confronting Redmond to complain about something but he said afterwards he was complimenting the player.

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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 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".

That did not happen to Manchester City counterpart Guardiola when he ran on to the pitch while celebrating the Blues' last-gasp victor in Wednesday's 2-1 home victory over the Saints. Hopefully I will improve. I didn't know him last season and didn't realise how good he is.

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

"You know, if you are my friends, don't ask me the question, because you know I get into trouble, so no". 'Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me, ' he said.

However, the matchup turned out to be far from a straightforward one for Guardiola's men, with Oriol Romeu's equaliser 15 minutes from time having thrown a spanner in the works for the Premier League table-toppers, following Kevin De Bruyne's opener in the 47th-minute. All the managers want to help their players because if they play bad we'll be sacked.

"It is the same as what I do to beat them". Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that's what makes him one of the best managers in world football.

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