Nathan Redmond explains what Pep Guardiola said to him

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Redmond has since played down the incident, stating there was nothing aggressive or offensive in what Guardiola said to him.

This was later corroborated by Redmond himself.

Guardiola could not contain his delight when Sterling curled in a stunning victor with nearly the last kick of the game to break Southampton's hearts after Oriol Romeu had cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne's opener. Asked if he regretted the incident, Guardiola said: "Yes".

The Spaniard said after the game that he was telling 23-year-old "how good a player he is" and how he was unhappy that he didn't openly attack City and instead played for the draw. The Spanish coach said, "I can't control myself and I have to make an effort to improve". "Last season he destroyed us here and I didn't know him".

"I can't work out what the referee has seen but that's football, you live and die by those decisions and I think he's got it wrong". You can agree or not, but if I'm explaining what happened and the people don't believe me then let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games.

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"If the FA wants my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want but, if they don't believe me, I don't know what we are doing here. It's not a problem".

That has been backed up by Redmond, who said in a statement on Twitter: "Yes, he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me".

Speaking at a news conference to preview Monday's (AEDT) Premier League game against West Ham United, Guardiola was asked whether he regretted his actions and simply replied: "Yes". That led to suggestions that Guardiola might have been undermining Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino but the City boss has denied this. "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.

"I played against millions of managers in my career and the different ways they play". I have faced these kind of teams a lot of times in my career.

City's victory over Southampton came courtesy of a 96th minute winning goal from Raheem Sterling, the third time in eight days the England striker had scored a last-minute decider.

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