Guardiola's comment disrespectful - Pochettino

Guardiola's comment disrespectful - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has accused Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola of being "disrespectful" over his description of Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team", dismissing the comment as sad and ungentlemanly.

It may not be at that point yet, but Mauricio Pochettino certainly didn't take too kindly to recent comments made by his managerial counterpart at Manchester City.

Before the global break, Guardiola named "the Harry Kane team" alongside Chelsea and Manchester United as City's title rivals after the England worldwide scored six goals in four Premier League games in September to fire Tottenham into third behind the Manchester clubs.

"I take that situation, that didn't affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people and it's hard to understand because he was part of the big success at Barcelona with [Lionel] Messi at his best, and I never said it was "the Messi team" - I always said it was Barcelona or Pep Guardiola".

"I think that many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club and many players that are here at the club". In my case personally I didn't take it in a bad way.

"I give a lot of credit about Tottenham. But we need to move on".

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As to whether they French club might sell the defensive midfielder, Vasilyev said: "We are very happy that we managed to keep him... but we realise in Monaco we have a certain model, that at a certain moment when we feel it's right, we have to let players go in order to be successful again".

"When I talked about Harry Kane's team, it was because Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals, and I know perfectly that Tottenham are not Harry Kane alone".

Pochettino described Guardiola's comment as "sad" and "unnecessary". He hasn't called me yet. "No", Pochettino replied. "He didn't call me ... yet". I was never disrespectful in a press conference - never.

"We have a very good relationship". Maybe you don't believe, but they are always a contender.

"It's a sad comment". One of the best managers in the world. "Why that comment? It didn't help him, it's not a good thing for anyone".

The Sun says that the Red Devils "sounded out Spurs two years ago", offering the north London outfit £40m, plus Javier Hernandez, only to see their proposal laughed out of White Hart Lane. "Why? Because I understand him very well".