Pep Guardiola insists he was telling Nathan Redmond “how good he is” during a furious-looking exchange at the end of Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Southampton.
restored their eight-point gap over neighbors and second places Manchester United thanks, to Raheem Sterling dramatic strike in an injury-time winner to secure a maximum point at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
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Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola celebrated the goal wildly with Manchester City bench after the England international winner to make 2-1.
At the final whistle, the 42-year-old Spaniard confronted Redmond and exchanged heated words with the Southampton winger but the pair were then captured on camera exchanging angry words with Guardiola gesturing wildly in the face of the player.
“I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end,” the City manager told BBC’s Match of the Day. “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.”
Virgil van Dijk turned Kevin De Bruyne free-kick into his own net early in the second half as former Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu equalize for Southampton 15 minutes from the end of normal time after a neat cut-back from substitute Sofiane Boufal looked to have salvaged a point for Saint.
Manchester City’s late win made it 12 league victories in a row as Premier League leaders host back to back matches against West Ham and Jose Mourinho team at Etihad early December.