This was later corroborated by Redmond himself.
Guardiola, who walked onto the pitch and remonstrated with the Saints winger, has been asked to explain his actions by the Football Association.
"What Redmond said in his statement, I admire him as a player and thank him for his comments".
"I have been in that position myself - [Manchester] United used to do it to everybody else to be honest!" the City captain told reporters.
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"I felt it could still happen even that late in added time". Redmond issued a statement on Twitter in response to growing media speculation, confirming "nothing negative or offensive was said". We have done it so far and if at the end of the season we have done it consistently then I will be happy about it. "It's not a problem".
"I was telling him how good a player he is", Guardiola insisted.
Under Guardiola, City will be looking to challenge on all fronts and the former Barcelona boss is expecting his team to continue their recent run.
"It's so complicated when teams defend with ten players".
Yet the Sun believe Man City want to lock down Sterling for the foreseeable future, and they are willing to break the Premier League wage ceiling to get the deal done. "It's the same as I do to beat them".
Yet like the majority of the Ethihad Stadium crowd, the likeable left-back couldn't contain his emotions when Sterling curled in a spectacular victor in the 96th minute, risking further injury by limping off the bench in pursuit of his jubilant team-mates as they celebrated in the corner.