Southampton player defends Manchester City's Guardiola over pep talk

Tim Sherwood suggests what Southampton star Nathan Redmond really meant with response to Man City boss Pep Guardiola

But while he is clearly delighted with his players' efforts to date, he is predictably playing down talk of setting records and winning trophies, despite a 12-match winning streak in the Premier League.

The England worldwide still has two and a half years left to run on his current contract, but according to The Sun, City will open talks on a £300,000-a-week deal, which would see him become the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

'I told him that he will play because I feel he's ready to do it, prepared to do it; well prepared to do it'.

His latest touchline antics will only have endeared him further to the City faithful.

And Redmond's version of what Pep said is identical to that of the former Barcelona manager. "I didn't know him last season, I realised how good he is" was what Guardiola claimed before Redmond came to his support.

"I played against millions in managers and the different ways they play", he said. I just wanted them to play'.

The City boss, whose team host West Ham on Sunday, believes four victories in particular gave his players an injection of confidence.

Tim Sherwood suggests what Southampton star Nathan Redmond really meant with response to Man City boss Pep Guardiola
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"I think it's maybe an inner hunger [from Sterling], maybe that desire to be amongst the best".

Guardiola approached Redmond moments after Raheem Sterling had scored a 96th-minute victor for the league leaders at Etihad Stadium. Never in my career, on or off the pitch, was I disrespectful about what they believe they have to do to beat me.

The away side had it in control just like last season, where they held Guardiola's side to a draw.

Guardiola admitted frustration that Southampton "didn't want to play" and "were time wasting from the ninth minute".

"I wouldn't bank on it happening every week so the sooner we start scoring earlier the better".

Guardiola, 46, has earned a reputation for talking up opponents, regardless of how modest they appear on paper. Nine games in one month is a lot.

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