Southampton player defends Manchester City's Guardiola over pep talk

  • Southampton player defends Manchester City's Guardiola over pep talk

Southampton player defends Manchester City's Guardiola over pep talk

"I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end". I can't think it's already done, or it'll be easy.

"I also spoke with Oriol, with Van Dijk and with my players", said Guardiola and added, "I apologized to the referee for the way I celebrated the last goal, but I could not control myself".

His last-gasp victor against Southampton in midweek was his 13th of the campaign, beating last season's total already.

"You see how the game went against Huddersfield - it was an own goal from a set-piece that gave them the lead and [against Southampton] set-pieces were a problem - they had a lot of big bodies in there". I said to Nathan you have to attack because you have the quality to do that.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany hugs Raheem Sterling after his late victor against Southampton. "It's the same as I do to beat them".

That followed a similar, injury-time victor at Bournemouth and a point-saving late equaliser with Everton, the only team to have avoided defeat against rampant City this season. With just two years remaining on his deal, City are keen to ensure that.

"It's not my business", said Guardiola. "Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that's what makes him one of the best managers in world football".

Guardiola admitted frustration that Southampton "didn't want to play" and "were time wasting from the ninth minute". But all the credit is Raheem's. However, Guardiola clarified during the press conference that they were just words.

"We believe in him". In winter we ask if they are happy and decide what is best for them.

"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90-plus minutes, I was very disappointed".

And nine points from those games will be a must, if they are to remain in the title race.