Guardiola on Lucy Bronze and Southampton test

Pep Guardiola faced the press on Friday ahead of Saturday's trip to Southampton.

The Saints have been excellent this season and currently sit third in the table, four points off top spot. 

Ahead of the game, Guardiola discussed the threat they pose - and took time to congratulate Lucy Bronze on winning The Best FIFA Women's Player of the Year award.

"Lucy did a great job at Lyon, congratulations to her and we are proud she is here," he said.

"The better players - men and women - we have, the more success. Big congratulations to her.

“Southampton have an exceptional manager. I know him a little bit from my time in Germany. He was at many clubs, Leipzig played in a specific style.

“He has experience at the back and one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, [Oriol] Romeu. They have James Ward-Prowse, incredible player in set pieces.

“So no surprise in their success. Southampton for many, many years have been working well - so no surprise.

"But it is a challenge and we will see what happens."

Watch the first part of Pep's press conference vis the video above - and join us right here at 10.30pm for the rest.

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