FA seeks Guardiola's observations after Redmond exchange

Esther Moore
December 3, 2017

Pep Guardiola has been forced to address the confrontation between himself and Nathan Redmond after Manchester City beat Southampton with a last minute victor by Raheem Sterling.

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.

The City boss then proceeded to have an animated discussion with the 23-year-old.

The City manager, who expressed "regret" for the Redmond confrontation, must give his written observations to the FA before 6pm on Monday. He has not been charged with misconduct at this stage.

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

He went on to draw parallels with an infamous incident during his time in charge of Bayern Munich.

"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90+ minutes, I was very disappointed".

He said: "You are asking me one question, if I am surprised". I have to do that but I could not. "I have to do that, hopefully I can improve".

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Guardiola was grateful to Redmond for coming forward to verify his own words to reports after the match and, as such, he was unsure over why the FA felt the need to pursue the matter further.

Redmond backed up Guardiola's version with a post on his Twitter account, saying that the City manager had not let out expletives and was complimenting him despite appearing to be intense and aggressive. "I admire him as a football player and I say thank you for his comments".

"But they didn't' want to play, they were time wasting from the ninth minute". "Last season he destroyed us here and I didn't know him".

"I explained what happened".

He added: "I've faced this kind of team a lot in my career and I have to think how to beat them. It's not a problem".

That did not happen to Manchester City counterpart Guardiola when he ran on to the pitch while celebrating the Blues' last-gasp victor in Wednesday's 2-1 home victory over the Saints.

Guardiola said he would "never judge the way opponents play against one of my teams". "I had regret there after the game and [it is] the same now". They defended with 10 players in the box because they believed this was the best way. I was friends with Mauricio in Barcelona. "They can play both ways because they have fantastic players".

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