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Guardiola will not face FA action over Redmond incident

Guardiola confront Nathan Redmond after City's late win over Southampton. Credit: PA

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been reminded of his responsibilities by the Football Association following his confrontation with Southampton's Nathan Redmond.

On Friday, the FA sought observations from Guardiola, giving him until Monday to respond.

The FA accepts the Catalan's version of events and will not take the matter further. Guardiola has been reminded of his responsibilities and the matter is now considered closed.

Raheem Sterling's stoppage-time winner earned City a 2-1 victory over Redmond's Saints and afterwards Guardiola approached the forward.

It initially appeared Guardiola was confronting Redmond to complain about something, but he said afterwards he was complimenting the player. This was later corroborated by Redmond himself.

Guardiola on Friday conceded he should not have approached Redmond in such a way, although he could not contain his emotions in the exhilarating aftermath of Sterling's late goal.

Asked if he regretted the incident, Guardiola said: "Yes. I did it in Munich, with my old player (Joshua) Kimmich, I did the same in Dortmund and had regret there after the game and the same now.

"I cannot control myself. Hopefully I will improve. What I said is what I said and what Nathan said in his statement."

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Southampton's Pellegrino surprised by Guardiola's success

Pellegrino and Guardiola will be in opposing dugouts when Southampton take on Man City on Wednesday. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he did not expect former team-mate Pep Guardiola to be so successful as a manager.

The pair, who won the LaLiga title playing alongside each other at Barcelona during the 1998/99 season, will be in opposing dugouts on Wednesday evening when Pellegrino's Southampton attempt to end the unbeaten record of Guardiola's Premier League leaders Manchester City.

While Pellegrino has yet to lift silverware as a coach, Guardiola has an extensive medal collection, picking up three Spanish league titles, three Bundesliga titles and two Champions League trophies during prosperous spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

"I never imagined that he can achieve something like he did," said Pellegrino, who joined Barca on a season-long loan from Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield.

"But obviously as soon as I arrived, Pep was one of these type of players always looking for new ideas, asking how we were training in Argentina, in different places.

"And also he had a good reading on the pitch and it's something that after (he finished playing) he translated much better outside the pitch."

For Pellegrino it was his introduction to European football and he went on to enjoy a productive six-year stay at Valencia, winning two league titles and the 2004 UEFA Cup, as well as playing in two Champions League finals.

"We were team-mates and I think we had a beautiful moment together," Pellegrino added.

"We won the league, for me this experience in Barcelona was really good because I discovered a lot of things in European football."

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