Southampton player Nathan Redmond has jumped to the defence of Pep Guardiola after the Manchester City boss had some animated words with the Saints star after Wednesday night's game at the Etihad. It initially appeared Guardiola was confronting Redmond to complain about something but he said afterwards he was complimenting the player.
Guardiola has made the best start to a season in his managerial career, which also includes hugely successful spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
I want to make it absolutely clear that the Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, did not say what The Sun is falsely claiming in this story.
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. "That's why we've done that in the last period".More news: Tom Brady discusses the Giants' benching of quarterback Eli Manning
"I explained what happened". I just wanted them to play'. I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team.
'I told him I was doing what my Manager had asked me to do in the game.
"I've got enough problems to solve with my team".
The away side had it in control just like last season, where they held Guardiola's side to a draw. "I said to Nathan you are a good player and you have to attack".
Guardiola admitted frustration that Southampton "didn't want to play" and "were time wasting from the ninth minute". "The last game we didn't play David Silva from the beginning, I roatated and maybe i will again". "I was asked many times about that when we have good results".