Thursday, 14 December, 2017

FA asks Guardiola's explanation of his Redmond confrontation

Nathan Redmond blasts The Sun and defends Pep Guardiola after incident on Wednesday night Nathan Redmond explains 'passionate' Pep Guardiola outburst
Hilda Schwartz | 04 December, 2017, 01:06

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola talks to Southampton's Nathan Redmond, who looks dejected, at the end of the match.

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

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

Pellegrino insisted he had no issue with Guardiola lecturing his player following Wednesday's defeat to Manchester City and he was pleased with Redmond's reaction. 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. "The last game we didn't play David Silva from the beginning, I roatated and maybe i will again".

Redmond has insisted no offence was taken and confirmed the City manager's claims that he was merely complimenting the Southampton winger. He is a player I would like to keep at the club. "I did the same after a game in Dortmund and I had regrets then after the game and the same now", he explained. I said what I said and what Nathan said in his statement.

Guardiola has until Monday to respond to the FA's request for an explanation of the exchange. "Last season he destroyed us here and I didn't know him".

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Despite Raheem Sterling's 96th minute victor against Southampton, most of the post-match talk has been around what was said between Guardiola and Redmond. "He is a team player on and off the pitch". Everyone wants to win the game, definitely.

'But they didn't want to play, they were time wasting from the ninth minute. Never, never in my career and in press conference, on the pitch and off the pitch was I disrespectful about what they do to beat me.

"I've faced this kind of team a lot in my career and I have to think how to beat them".

City, eight points clear at the top of the table, play West Ham at the Etihad on Sunday. It's really frustrating for us but I am happy for them. That's it. Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that's what makes him one of the best managers in world football.

'They didn't want to play, and that's very hard to face. They are the team who have created one of the most chances until now.

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