"I just wanted them to play", he said. "Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me". The Spanish coach said, "I can't control myself and I have to make an effort to improve". 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. I said what I said and what Nathan said in his statement.
But having reviewed footage of the incident, the FA have sought Guardiola's version of events. "I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is" was what Guardiola claimed before Redmond came to his support.
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.
Guardiola was seen in animated conversation with Redmond after the game and the Spaniard defended his actions by saying that he told Southampton winger that he is a better player than trying to play defensive football and wasting time.
Redmond says he told Guardiola he was playing to his manager's instructions.
"I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team", Guardiola said.
The Citizens pipped the Saints to all three points on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, but it was what happened after the match that caught everyone's attention and got everyone talking.