Friday, 15 December, 2017

Southampton player defends Manchester City's Guardiola over pep talk

Pep Guardiola has warned teams who plan on sitting back that he could unleash four strikers Pep Guardiola has warned teams who plan on sitting back that he could unleash four strikers
Spencer Simpson | 03 December, 2017, 00:53

"When I give you an opinion, I give you an opinion", former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola told reporters. If people don't believe me, we should cancel our press conference.

'Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me, ' the Saints man told his followers on Twitter.

Raheem Sterling scored a 96th-minute victor as the hosts continued their 12-match winning run.

Well, despite the fact that the FA deemed the incident deserving of an explanation, it has been revealed by Redmond himself that there was, in fact, no malice in the conversation between him and Pep.

"I want to make it absolutely clear Pep Guardiola did not say what the Sun is falsely claiming in this story", Redmond said. I didn't know him last season and didn't realise how good he is.

David Silva scored late on as Manchester City beat a determined West Ham side 2-1 on Sunday
David Silva scored late on as Manchester City beat a determined West Ham side 2-1 on Sunday

Guardiola said after the game that he was telling Redmond "how good a player he is".

Guardiola insisted that his aggression was as a result of Southampton's time-wasting. "I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team".

"It's so complicated when teams defend with 10 players", he added. "It's the same as I do to beat them". That's it. Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that's what makes him one of the best managers in world football. Sterling also struck twice in added time in August, hitting a victor at Bournemouth and an equaliser against Everton in the only match this season rampant City have not won.

City host West Ham at 16:00 GMT on Sunday, while Southampton travel to south-coast rivals Bournemouth at 13:30 on the same day. All the managers want to help their players because if they play bad we'll be sacked.

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