Nathan Redmond: Pep Guardiola was complimentary during passionate, intense chat

Nathan Redmond: Pep Guardiola was complimentary during passionate, intense chat

Guardiola prodded Redmond several times, tapped the 23-year-old's chest and told him in animated terms how much he admired him and what he needed to improve on.

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

Guardiola approached Redmond on the field immediately after Premier League leaders secured a dramatic 2-1 win over Saints - Raheem Sterling's 96th-minute victor prompting wild celebration at the Etihad Stadium. "I said to Nathan: 'You are a good player and you have to attack'".

The Spaniard did have qualms with the Southampton playing style, according to Redmond, and perhaps the reason he appeared to be so agitated was that the visitors' tactics did not allow for the full array of talent in their side to be expressed, while simultaneously frustrating Guardiola and his team.

"You can agree or not, but if I'm explaining what happened and the people don't believe me then let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games".

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

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'I told him I was doing what my Manager had asked me to do in the game. Redmond issued a statement on Twitter in response to growing media speculation, confirming "nothing negative or offensive was said". Redmond released a statement saying Guardiola "was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me".

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

"I played against millions of managers in my career and the different ways they play".

"You know - if you are my friends, don't ask me the question, because you know I get into problems". "I will never judge the way my opponents want to play against my teams because I don't like the other managers judging what I want to do", he added.

"It is the same as what I do to beat them".

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