Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a lot of headlines this season especially for the brand of football his team has been producing since the start of the season.
His team continued in that rich vein of form on Wednesday night as they notched up a club record 12th straight league win with a 2-1 victory over Southampton courtesy Raheem Sterling’s last minute winner. However, Pep didn’t make much headlines for his team’s latest win.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss grabbed the headlines for what looked like a confrontation with Southampton forward Nathan Redmond after the final whistle.
The Spanish tactician however denied any angry exchange with Redmond in his post-match press conference. He said: “(I told him) how good a player he is.”
“Last season he destroyed us here. I didn’t know him last season, I realised how good he is.
“Southampton have some super-talented players, Redmond is so good one against one.
“But they didn’t’ want to play, they were time wasting from the ninth minute. I just wanted them to play.
“Today he could not attack because they defend all the time, but that is what it is.
“I spoke with Oriol Romeu as well, with (Virgil) van Dijk and with my players as well.” he concluded.
Southampton manager and Pep’s former teammate at Barcelona, Mauricio Pellegrino, was however unaware of the incident with Redmond.
When asked about the incident, he said: “I can’t say anything about that.”
“I didn’t see too many actions to delay the game.” he concluded.