Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he was telling Southampton’s Nathan Redmond what a good player he was rather than berating him after his side’s 2-1 win on Wednesday.Guardiola was seen having an odd exchange with Southampton winger Redmond after the full-time whistle at the Etihad Stadium, appearing to gesticulate at the player in an aggressive manner.But rather than attacking Redmond, the City boss says he was simply letting him know what an admirer he was of his talents and that he was wasted having to defend, like he had to do a lot on Wednesday.“I said what good a player he is,” Guardiola told a news conference. “Last season he destroyed us here. I didn’t know him last season and didn’t realise how good he is. Today he could not attack because he defends all the time.”Guardiola added: “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.
Story By: Felix Okaijah