Pep Guardiola addressed the press at the City Football Academy today ahead of this weekend’s home game against David Moyes’ struggling West Ham side.
Much of the presser was centered around Guardiola’s incident with Southampton’s Nathan Redmond on Wednesday night. Asked if he regrets the incident, Pep said he does.
“Yes. I cannot control myself. I have to do that, hopefully I can improve. What Redmond said in his statement, I admire him as a player and thank him for his comments. If people don’t believe me, we should cancel our press conference.
The FA have asked Guardiola to explain the incident, despite Redmond himself saying nothing untoward was said to him.
“If they want my statement again, I am able to explain whatever they want,” Pep told the media. “But if they don’t believe me, I don’t know what we’re doing here.”
Were Pep’s actions disrespectful to Mauricio Pellegrino and his defensive tactics? The boss firmly denied that.
“I’ve played in my career against lots of managers and I will never judge the way opponents play against one of my teams.
“It’s so complicated when teams defend with ten players. I said to Nathan you are a good player and you have to attack.”
Leroy Sané was absent on Wednesday night, but is back in training after illness Pep revealed.
“Sanéwas sick. He had fever the day of the game versus Southampton. Yesterday he was in the training.
“Tomorrow we train and will see what we can do. Vincent Kompany was two months injured, Fernandinho has played a lot, but the most important thing is West Ham.”
Last night, Sky Sports News revealed that City were set to open talks with Raheem Sterling about prolonging his stay at the club. Pep was asked about Raheem’s long-term future and hopes he will stick around for the long haul.
“It’s not my business right now, it’s for Txiki. I think I was clear at the beginning of the season when Arsenal wanted him, and we said absolutely not. He’s still young, hopefully we can make him happy and stay longer.
“Believe me, I didn’t discover Raheem. It is his talent. He did it in Liverpool, There he played amazing which is why Manchester City took him. We are so happy for him, he’s a nice guy and we love him in the locker room.”
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