Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised for his reaction to Raheem Sterling’s winning goal versus Southampton last night.
City welcomed Southampton to the Etihad for a Premier League clash yesterday evening, with many expecting the hosts to simply sweep aside the Saints with typical brilliance.
However, the matchup turned out to be far from a straightforward one for Guardiola’s men, with Oriol Romeu’s equaliser 15 minutes from time having thrown a spanner in the works for the Premier League table-toppers, following Kevin De Bruyne’s opener in the 47th-minute.
But, just when it looked as though City were set to drop their first points since the 2nd day of the season, man of the moment Raheem Sterling popped up with the decisive goal for the second game running, this time a full 6 minutes into injury-time.
The strike sparked wild celebrations from City’s players and staff alike, with Pep Guardiola having sprinted out onto the pitch to chase down Sterling.
The Spaniard has been heavily criticised for his actions in the 24 hours since the clash, with his bizarre exchange with Saints winger Nathan Redmond also a major talking point.
Guardiola has since been questioned on his antics during a press-conference, with the Citizens boss quick to issue an apology:
‘I said ‘I apologise’ because I couldn’t control it. I was so happy. I ran after Raheem but I’m not quick enough, but we were so happy.’
On the incident with Redmond, the Spaniard explained that he was actually complimenting the English wide-man on his talents:
‘I said to Redmond how good he is.’
‘Last season he destroyed us here, but today he couldn’t attack because he defended all the time.’