Pochettino furious over Guardiola's "disrespectful" Kane comments

Rosalie Stanley
October 14, 2017

Mauricio Pochettino says it was "sad" and "very disrespectful" for Pep Guardiola to refer to Tottenham as the "Harry Kane team".

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

Kane already has 11 goals for Tottenham this season across all competitions, as he looks to win the Premier League's golden boot trophy for the third successive season.

Despite the frustration it has caused, Pochettino was quick to quash any theory that Guardiola's comments would be the inspiration that will drive his side in their attempts to go one better than their runners-up spot a year ago.

The Manchester City boss dubbed Spurs "the Harry Kane" team, when talking about who he considers his side's rivals for the Premier League title this season. When it's exciting after an incredible victory against Chelsea, sometimes Kempes in 1978, in 1986 it was the "Maradona team, ' the 'Dream Team" with Johan Cruyff.

"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 always said it was Barcelona or Pep Guardiola".

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"". But I think many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club, and for many players here I think it's a odd situation.

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"It wasn't disrespectful to myself". But I think we need to move on.

Pochettino has had to wait the duration of the worldwide 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.

"It's hard to understand because he was part of the big success in Barcelona when it was Messi at his best", Pochettino said at a press conference.

"I don't know why he showed so much respect to Manchester United", he continued.

"I think it's a sad comment because the players laugh about that".

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". And I never said it was the Messi team. I'm sure I will reply. I was never disrespectful in a press conference - never.

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