"I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is" was what Guardiola claimed before Redmond came to his support.
"Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me", Redmond said. "But they didn't want to play, they were time-wasting from the ninth minute".
In an extremely animated exchange with the Saints' Nathan Redmond, which initially appeared to be aggravated and fiery, the City boss was seen remonstrating something or other with the full-back.
"I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end".
"That is not your job it's his manager and what you want them to do just let them open up so you can score a lot?"
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"I never judge and never will judge the way my opponents play against my team", Guardiola said.
"It's so complicated when teams defend with 10 players", he added.
"I played against millions in managers and the different ways they play", he said. "It's the same as I do to beat them".
Raheem Sterling's 96th-minute goal gave City the win over Mauricio Pellegrino's side, which maintained their eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League table. "But I think I was clear, we were clear, when Arsenal wanted him we said no, that's not going to happen, he's still young, we hope to make him happy and he can stay for longer. but it depends on the club and him".
Up next for City is a visit from strugglers West Ham United, and they'll be confident of extending their winning streak to an incredible 13 games.
That followed a similar, injury-time victor at Bournemouth and a point-saving late equaliser with Everton, the only team to have avoided defeat against rampant City this season.