Guardiola probed by English FA over challenge with Redmond

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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.

Pep Guardiola regrets pushing Nathan Redmond and concedes he is incapable of controlling his emotions during and after matches.

Raheem Sterling scored a 96th minute victor for Manchester City at the Etihad and broke Southampton's hearts following a valiant defensive effort from the Saints.

"I spoke with Oriol Romeu as well, with (Virgil) van Dijk and with my players as well".

The FA have asked Guardiola for his observations after he was pictured in what looked like an angry exchange with the player following Premier League leaders Manchester City's dramatic late win against the Saints on Wednesday. I don't know why we make press conferences. "I said to Nathan you are a good player and you have to attack".

Guardiola's men have dropped just two points from their opening 14 Premier League games
Guardiola's men have dropped just two points from their opening 14 Premier League games

"If they want to listen to me, I will do it. Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me".

'I told him I was doing what my Manager had asked me to do in the game.

He admits he would have been furious had he been the Southampton manager and termed Guardiola a disgrace for expecting teams to just roll over against his expensively assembled squad. "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. Guardiola said: "I have played against millions of managers 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 trouble, so no".

Redmond explained that "nothing negative or offensive was said towards me" and concluded: "Sadly this story is an example of lazy journalism and is a complete joke".

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