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Mauricio Pellegrino hails Nathan Redmond's impact as Southampton draw

04 December 2017

'I said I apologise because I couldn't control it, ' he added.

Guardiola's behaviour appeared to be aggressive but he claimed afterwards he was merely praising Redmond's attacking qualities, something the once-capped England global corroborated in a statement issued on Friday (AEDT) to refute allegations made by The Sun newspaper that the City boss directed foul and abusive language towards him.

"I think he played well and our reaction in the second half was good, especially in the wide areas where we arrived many times making chances". "I did it in Munich, with my old player (Joshua) Kimmich, I did the same in Dortmund and had regret there after the game and the same now". I said what I said and what Nathan said in his statement. 'I know him. You have to discover the pleasure of winning games.

"I explained what happened". You can agree or not, but if I'm explaining what happened and the people don't believe me then let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games.

But the animated City boss then became embroiled in a heated exchange with Saints winger Redmond as the two teams left the field, grabbing him around the neck and pushing him in the chest.

"Am I pleased? Yes, for sure, Nathan is a very important player for us, but after the other day I made six changes because I expected more players to be fresh", Pellegrino said. Redmond issued a statement on Twitter in response to growing media speculation, confirming "nothing negative or offensive was said". "Last season he destroyed us here". Everyone wants to win the game, definitely.

'They didn't want to play, and that's very hard to face. Never in my career, on or off the pitch, was I disrespectful about what they believe they have to do to beat me. I said to Nathan you have to attack because you have the quality to do that. We didn't win clearly because it's so complicated when 10 players defend in the box. It's really frustrating for us but I am happy for them.

Southampton have managed only 15 goals in 15 Premier League games so far this season but Austin's form could offer a solution to their attacking problems.

Mauricio Pellegrino hails Nathan Redmond's impact as Southampton draw