Poch slams Pep's "Harry Kane team" comments as "disrespectful"

Beth Cruz
October 14, 2017

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.

However, with limited regular game time so far at Spurs due to the first XI's success in both the Premier League and Champions League, the talented youngster may well see his future elsewhere if he is unable to secure guaranteed minutes on the pitch.

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 know Pep and when he is excited after an fantastic win, he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman".

"I take that situation as 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 Messi at his best, and I never said it was "the Messi team"".

"I think that many people took his words as very sad and disrespectful to the club".

"It wasn't disrespectful to myself". Only I express my feeling that, for a lot of people, it wasn't necessary to say that. "But we need to move on".

Pochettino has had to wait the duration of the global break to hit back at Guardiola, but wasted no time in responding to his jibe during Tottenham's pre-match press conference ahead of their home match against Bournemouth.

Pochettino said on Friday that Guardiola struggles to "be a gentleman" after a victory.

"It's about Txiki but I think we'd like him to stay", he said. But if you're a manager, you must show more ... "Today we want to show respect, fair play and everything".

Asked if he had spoken to Guardiola, Pochettino said: "No, of course not".

"Maybe my memory is not so well, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague", he said.

"It was amusing when I heard him the other day because I know Pep very well", the Argentine said during his Bournemouth pre-match press conference. "I am sure I will reply".

As someone who regularly forgets even the most basic of details about people's names and the like when speaking in public, I guess I sympathize with Pep a small bit.

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