"I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game". However, Guardiola clarified during the press conference that they were just words. "Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me".
Pep Guardiola has admitted he regrets his extraordinary post-match exchange with Southampton's Nathan Redmond that has brought him to the attention of the disciplinary department of the Football Association.
City had just secured three dramatic points after Raheem Sterling's 95th minute victor.
While Guardiola's actions were unusual, the most important opinion on the matter is Redmond's, and he evidently welcomed the comments he received. The Spanish coach said, "I can't control myself and I have to make an effort to improve. I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is" was what Guardiola claimed before Redmond came to his support.
'I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end, ' he said after City's 2-1 win.
Meanwhile the City manager still insisted he meant no disrespect to Southampton or their manager Mauricio Pellegrino, his former Barcelona team-mate.
"I've played in my career against lots of managers and I will never judge the way opponents play against one of my teams".
"It's so complicated when teams defend with 10 players", he added.
The Citizens pipped the Saints to all three points on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, but it was what happened after the match that caught everyone's attention and got everyone talking.
Redmond explained that "nothing negative or offensive was said towards me" and concluded: "Sadly this story is an example of lazy journalism and is a complete joke". Guardiola said: "I have played against millions of managers and the different ways they play". "Last season he destroyed us here".
City host West Ham at the Etihad on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.