Southampton on Pep Guardiola row



Southampton winger Nathan Redmond has hit out at media coverage of his exchange with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after yesterday’s game at the Etihad Stadium.

The 23-year-old took to Twitter to hit out at a report in the Sun in particular, slamming the ‘lazy journalism’ and false claims as a ‘complete joke’.

Redmond insists Guardiola was not rude to him and simply questioned his defensive performance against City due to his talents as an attacking player.

The England international says he felt he had to comment as he did not want the false impression of the incident to continue.

His statement read: ‘I’ve just seen this story and felt I had to say something and clear a few things that are floating around right now. I want to make it absolutely clear that the Man City Manager, Pep Guardiola did not say what The Sun is falsely claiming in this story. Yes, he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me. He commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team  more during the game in a similar way to last season. I told him I was doing what my Manager had asked me to do in the game. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing negative or offensive was said towards me from Pep and that’s what makes him one of the best Manager’s (sic) in world football.’

Redmond went on to add he was disappointed with the late defeat and is now focused on getting re-focused for this weekend’s game against Bournemouth.

City, meanwhile, continued their march towards the title with another three points, putting them eight points clear at the top of the table following the best ever start to a Premier League season.





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