When Raheem Sterling netted a stunning 95th-minute winner to secure a 2-1 victory for Manchester City against Southampton on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola could be forgiven for his wild and theatrical celebrations from the dugout.
However, after the final whistle, as the celebrations had died down and his own players and players from Southampton made their way off the Etihad Stadium pitch to return to the dressing rooms, it was clear that Guardiola’s adrenaline rush had not left him.
In an extremely animated exchange with the Saints’ Nathan Redmond, which initially appeared to be aggravated and fiery, the City boss was seen remonstrating something or other with the full-back. It had every intrigued onlooker wondering, what was it all about?
Presuming from the body language used, that Pep was unhappy with Redmond for some reason, begged the question for fans, what could he be so annoyed about having just snatched a last-gasp win to maintain an incredible run of momentum which sees City sitting comfortably on top of the league?
What’s this about? pic.twitter.com/yUlasp2Hnm
— Kieran Beckles (@kieranbeckles) November 29, 2017
Well, despite the fact that the FA deemed the incident deserving of an explanation, it has been revealed by Redmond himself that there was, in fact, no malice in the conversation between him and Pep. Rather amazingly, given the above foootage, Redmond explained how Guardiola was complimentary towards him.
After the game, Guardiola had said:
“I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end. 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.”
The Spaniard did have qualms with the Southampton playing style, according to Redmond, and perhaps the reason he appeared to be so agitated was that the visitors’ tactics did not allow for the full array of talent in their side to be expressed, while simultaneously frustrating Guardiola and his team.
This was certainly a strange ordeal.
Here’s Redmond’s explanation of the incident, where he calls out fabricated media reports regarding what went down:
Just to clear a few things up for those wondering. Funny old game isn’t it. pic.twitter.com/xUSr99MVeE
— Redz (@NathanRedmond22) November 30, 2017