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

Taylor Byrd
October 14, 2017

Guardiola referred to Tottenham as the "Harry Kane team" when assessing City's title rivals in the wake of his side's victory over Chelsea before the recent global break. If he believes this, maybe I should say Pochettino's team when I said Harry Kane's team, but I said it because he scored two goals more against Huddersfield and a goal for the national team and another goal for the national team'.

Speaking ahead of his side's latest Premier League game against Bournemouth, Pochettino offered up this repost, as he argued Guardiola should have known better than to make that suggestion given the success he enjoyed working with a Barcelona team led by Lionel Messi.

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"It's a sad comment", said Tottenham boss Pochettino.

The comment came while referencing other teams that could potentially challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. "I know Pep and when he is excited after an unbelievable win, he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman". "I was never disrespectful in a press conference". "If you're a manager you must show more, no?"

"That comment does not affect me but in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people", he said. I always said it was Barcelona and it was 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"".

"So I think last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me".

'He knows I said Tottenham are one of the best teams playing. I was never disrespectful in this period here about my colleagues. So I'm really disappointed if he said that.

"I respect a lot what Tottenham have done in the last two or three years".

"I think Mauricio has made a mistake".

The left-back was fined two weeks wages for an interview in which he criticised the club's transfer strategy and ambition, and said he was open to offers from elsewhere. And I think it's important that our position is [to] be clear, be calm, not be aggressive with our opponent.

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".

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