Southampton FC: Mauricio Pellegrino refuses to criticise Pep Guardiola over Nathan Redmond incident
Pep Guardiola confronted Nathan Redmond after Manchester City’s defeat of Southampton
Mauricio Pellegrino has refused to criticise Pep Guardiola for confronting Nathan Redmond after Manchester City’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Southampton.
City boss Guardiola approached Redmond on the field and addressed the Saints forward animatedly, at full-time in Wednesday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
The Football Association has asked Guardiola to explain his actions, while Redmond insisted the City manager was “only very complimentary” to him, in a statement.
Southampton manager Pellegrino has insisted he still has not seen the incident, nor discussed it with Redmond, and refused to be drawn on the issue.
“I didn’t see anything, because after the finish I went to the dressing room as quickly as possible,” said Pellegrino, of Guardiola’s full-time flashpoint with Redmond.
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t have any comment.
“I can’t manage the reaction of others.
“I’ve got enough problems to solve with my team. I can’t say anything about that.”
Asked if he had spoken to Redmond about the incident or reviewed it on video, Pellegrino replied: “No, no.
“Sometimes when you’re playing games you have to manage these emotional moments, even when you’ve got a good result or a bad result.
“I try to respect everybody, and I didn’t see anything else with a lack of respect.
“I didn’t feel anything special, because I didn’t see anything. But right now I can’t comment on anything.”