Pep escapes FA rap for confronting Redmond

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola reacts as he talks with Southampton's English midfielder Nathan Redmond following the English Premier League football match between

Tim Sherwood suggests what Southampton star Nathan Redmond really meant with response to Man City boss Pep Guardiola

Nathan Redmond says Pep Guardiola was complimenting and not offending him during the Manchester City manager's fiery outburst towards the Southampton striker.

Redmond said on Twitter that Guardiola was "only very complimentary and positive" and the City boss was grateful for his comments.

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". "I said to Nathan: 'You are a good player and you have to attack'". "If people don't believe me, we should cancel the press conference".

'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.

Guardiola was seen yelling at Redmond just moments after Raheem Sterling last-gasp victor and some reports claimed the Spaniard had called the forward a "w****r".

"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".

"I did the same in Dortmund and had regret there after the game and the same now". He (the referee) told me, "you can't do that" and I said "I know".

Guardiola, who has until December 4 to respond to the FA, said after Wednesday's match that the reason he appeared to be exchanging angry words with Redmond was because of Southampton's "time-wasting" tactics.

Guardiola approached Redmond on the field immediately after Premier League leaders secured a dramatic 2-1 win over Saints - Raheem Sterling's 96th-minute victor prompting wild celebration at the Etihad Stadium.

"It's so complicated when teams defend with ten players". Never in my career, on or off the pitch, was I disrespectful about what they believe they have to do to beat me.

"If they want to listen to me, I will do it".

"I know Pellegrino wanted to win the game, definitely". But they didn't want to play, they were time wasting from the ninth minute.

While Southampton move up to 11th in table, Bournemouth climb up to 14th and five points clear of the relegation zone. "It's the same as I do to beat them".

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