Man City’s last gasp winner vs Southampton ensured they maintained their 8 point Premier League lead. However, the headlines the next day were less about the result, and more about Pep Guardiola’s post match antics. The Man City boss read the riot act to Saints striker Nathan Redmond, and Guardiola has admitted he regrets his rant. It looks unlikely that the FA will take action, but they want him to explain his words and actions.
Speaking to the media earlier today, Pep was asked if he regretted the incident. He replied: “Yes. 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 cannot control myself. Hopefully I will improve. What I said is what I said and what Nathan said in his statement. I admire him as a player and say thank you for his comments.”
If the FA want my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want. If they don’t believe me I don’t know what we’re doing here. When I give you an opinion, I give you an opinion. 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. If they want to listen to me then I will do it. It’s not a problem.”
Man City March On
City have looked sensational at times this season, but their last couple of matches showed a different side to their game. Any team with ambitions of winning a Premier League title have to win ugly sometimes too, and City have proved they have the stomach for the fight. They are 8 points clear at the top now and it looks their title to lose, even at this early stage of the season.