Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Pep Guardiola calling Tottenham 'the Harry Kane team'

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Pedro of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge

Man City boss Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham as the "Harry Kane team" prior to the worldwide break, which Pochettino saw as "disrespectful", despite the former considering Spurs legitimate title contenders alongside the Cityzens, Chelsea and Manchester United.

"But in the same sentence he said Manchester United, Mourinho, and then he said it was the Harry Kane team".

I spoke after the Chelsea game about how good United are and I gave a lot of credit to Tottenham because last season they finished better than us, and that means a lot'.

"[Guardiola] was part of the big success at Barcelona and I never said it was 'the Lionel Messi team, '" Pochettino said on Friday.

Guardiola made the dig after Manchester City's win at Chelsea on September 30 while listing his side's title rivals. "I know Pep and when he is excited after an awesome win, he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman".

"I think that many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club and many players that are here at the club".

He added: "It's hard to understand because Pep was part of the big success at Barcelona when it was Messi at his best, and I never said it was "the Messi team"". When many people took the words, it was very sad and for many players that are here it is unusual but, in my case, I didn't take it in a bad way. "It wasn't disrespectful for myself". We need to win trophies to say it's a massive period for us.




Tottenham face Bournemouth this weekend in their return to Premier League action in the hope they can finally secure three league points at Wembley Stadium, following a defeat and two disappointing draws so far. And I never said it was the Messi team.

"It's a sad comment", he had concluded.

Guardiola added that "maybe I should have said Pochettino's team when I said Harry Kane's team". But if you're a manager, you must show more ... "It is not right in today's football when we want to show fair play and respect".

Asked if he had spoken to Guardiola, Pochettino said: "No, of course not. I am sure I will reply".

"I never was disrespectful for my colleague in the press conference".

The left-back was fined two weeks wages for an interview in which he criticised the club's transfer strategy and ambition, and said he was open to offers from elsewhere.

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