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Mauricio Pochettino calls Pep Guardiola's comments 'disrespectful'

Mauricio Pochettino calls Pep Guardiola's comments 'disrespectful'”

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Pep Guardiola was "very disrespectful" to his Tottenham side by describing them as "the Harry Kane team".

"For me Harry Kane is one of the best strikers".

Guardiola had referred to Spurs as the "Harry Kane team" following City's 1-0 victory over Chelsea before the global break.

"We're in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season", he said. In addition to Chelsea and Man Utd, in reference to Spurs, he said: "We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals".

Tottenham, who host Bournemouth on Saturday, trail City by five points in the Premier League.

The Argentinian, a former manager at Espanyol, believes that his counterpart may have struggled to contain his emotions following the narrow victory over Antonio Conte's defending Premier League champions and explained that he had never spoken in such terms about the importance of Barcelona player Lionel Messi.

And although Pochettino feels the comments from the Spanish boss are disrespectful, the Tottenham manager says that his players have seen the amusing side. "It was disrespectful for many".

"It is hard to understand because he (Guardiola) was part of the big success in Barcelona when it was Messi in his best".

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'You're a manager you must show more. "To be above this type of comment", Pochettino said.

'Many people took those words as very sad and disrespectful to the club and many players who are here thought it was a unusual situation. "Today we want to show respect, fair play and everything".

Pochettino isn't going to fall out with Guardiola over it though, and says he would be happy to talk to him despite the jibe.

"No, of course not".

"No. He didn't call me... yet".

He continued: 'I was sure he would call me.

"We have a very good relationship", he added. I have a lot of friends - Mikel Arteta, Lorenzo Buenaventura, Eduardo Mauri - all his staff are very good friends of mine before they met him. "It's a sad comment", he had concluded by the end. He's a great manager, one of the best in the world, why make that comment, it doesn't help him.

City consolidated pole position with an impressive win at champions Chelsea before the global period and Pochettino suggested that result might have sparked Guardiola's Kane comment.



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