Nathan Redmond explains what Pep Guardiola said to him

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A source close to the England player told Sportsmail: 'Pep said, "You're a good player, you destroyed us last season and I've been watching you ever since".

Despite Raheem Sterling's 96th minute victor against Southampton, most of the post-match talk has been around what was said between Guardiola and Redmond.

Guardiola has previous in terms of animated on-field encounters, most famously with Joshua Kimmich after his Bayern Munich team drew 0-0 with Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park in 2016. "I have to do that, hopefully I can improve", he added.

During his post-match interview, Guardiola claimed he was telling Redmond that he was wasting time from the ninth minute.

Many in the English press have criticised Guardiola today, with some even suggesting he should face an FA charge. I didn't know him last season and didn't realise how good he is.

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"That is not your job it's his manager and what you want them to do just let them open up so you can score a lot?" The can do that with me, with Nathan and with The Sun.

"I told him I was doing what my manager had asked me to do in the game".

Redmond took to Twitter on Thursday night to brush off the conversation as "positive and complimentary" although Guardiola admitted on Friday he regrets his actions.

"Never in my career, on or off the pitch, was I disrespectful about what they believe they have to do to beat me".

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. Guardiola said: "I have played against millions of managers and the different ways they play". "But I think I was clear, we were clear, when Arsenal wanted him we said no, that's not going to happen, he's still young, we hope to make him happy and he can stay for longer. but it depends on the club and him".

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