Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has labelled the comments from his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as “very disrespectful” and “sad”.
Pochettino was speaking in response to Guardiola’s comment which described Tottenham as the “Harry Kane team” when he was talking about his side’s title rivals.
During his pre-match press conference ahead of his team’s weekend league clash with Bournemouth at the Wembley Stadium, Pochettino said: “[Guardiola] was part of the big success at Barcelona and I never said it was ‘the Lionel Messi team,'”
While speaking earlier this month about the English Premier League (EPL) title Guardiola described Chelsea and Manchester United as his side’s rivals to win the league earlier this month, before adding: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.”
Speaking further on the matter, the Pochettino said:
“It doesn’t affect me but in the reality it was very disrespectful for many people.”
“Everyone deserves to be recognised. When many people took the words, it was very sad and for many players that are here it is strange but, in my case, I didn’t take it in a bad way.
“It wasn’t disrespectful to myself. For a lot of people it was unnecessary. But we need to move on.” he concluded.