Southampton winger Nathan Redmond has defended Manchester City's head-coach Pep Guardiola following their on-field altercation at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me.
And Redmond's version of what Pep said is identical to that of the former Barcelona manager.
The 22-year-old has managed 13 goals in 19 appearances for City during the 2017-18 campaign, with his form key in helping the Citizens open up a healthy lead at the top of the Premier League table. "I said to Nathan you are a good player and you have to attack".
"I admire him as a player and say thank you for his comments but if the FA want my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want".
"I explained what happened".
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.
When quizzed whether he had advised his players to play down their social media activity, he smiled: "They are free to do what they want, but when they post something, then they might have comments, insulting them or whatever - but if they want do it, do it, no problem".
"I wouldn't bank on it happening every week so the sooner we start scoring earlier the better".
"It's so complicated when teams defend with ten players".
'But they didn't want to play, they were time wasting from the ninth minute.
As for Redmond's Saints, they travel to Bournemouth having won just one of their last five matches.
"It was a good night, I think all the supporters create some special moments tonight and in the last second we enjoyed the situation", the City boss told a new conference.