Southampton player defends Manchester City's Guardiola over pep talk

The FA today ordered Guardiola to explain his actions during a controversial confrontation with Redmond that followed Manchester City's dramatic 2-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday.

Guardiola approached Redmond moments after Raheem Sterling had scored a 96th-minute victor for the league leaders at Etihad Stadium.

Redmond's comments support Guardiola's version of events, with the manager insisting he had not been critical of Redmond in their animated conversation. He has not been charged with misconduct at this stage.

"When I give you an opinion, I give you an opinion", former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola told reporters.

"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90-plus minutes, I was very disappointed". The Spanish coach said, "I can't control myself and I have to make an effort to improve". I have to do that but I could not.

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

"I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end".

"He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game in a similar way to last season. If people don't believe me, we should cancel the press conference".

"If they want to listen to me then I will do it. I felt it could still happen even that late in added time", said Kompany. "It's not a problem".

The 22-year-old has managed 13 goals in 19 appearances for City during the 2017-18 campaign, with his form key in helping the Citizens open up a healthy lead at the top of the Premier League table.

"I played against millions of managers in my career and the different ways they play". I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team.

Vanessa Coleman

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