Pep Guardiola admits that he regrets confronting Nathan Redmond after Manchester City beat Southampton.
Guardiola courted controversy on Wednesday evening after gesticulating on the pitch with Redmond following City’s late win.
The manager explained after the game that he was simply complimenting Redmond, which the winger corroborated on Thursday.
Guardiola was predictably asked about Redmond on Friday, with the manager having been asked by the FA for an explanation as to his actions.
When asked whether he regretted the situation, he replied: “Yes.
“I cannot control myself. I have to do that, hopefully I can improve,” he added.
“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.
“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.”