Mauricio Pochettino replies back to Pep Guardiola
Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at Pep Guardiola’s assessment of Tottenham as ‘the Harry Kane team’ by pointing out he never called his Barcelona side ‘the Lionel Messi team’.
Pochettino also branded Guardiola’s comments, made before the international break, as “very disrespectful” and “sad” but insisted his Spurs players only laughed when they heard the Manchester City manager’s remark.
Kane was named as Premier League player of the month on Friday after a sensational run of form saw the England striker score 13 times for club and country in September.
Speaking after the 1-0 win at Chelsea that preserved City’s place at the top of the table, Guardiola made the observation that pricked Pochettino’s ears when running through the list of Premier League title contenders.
On Friday, Pochettino said: “That didn’t affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people.
“It’s difficult 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.
“I think everyone deserves to be recognised as part of the success of the team. But I think many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club, and for many players that are here I think it’s a strange situation.”
Pochettino inflicted Guardiola’s first defeat as City boss with a 2-0 triumph at White Hart Lane last October before Spurs battled back to snatch a 2-2 draw in the return fixture.
City and Tottenham meet for the first time this season on December 16 at the Etihad Stadium