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.Guardiola who mentioned Tottenham as “the Harry Kane team” alongside Chelsea and Manchester United as City’s title rivals after the England international scored six goals in four Premier League games in September to fire Tottenham into third behind the Manchester clubs.The Spurs boss who managed Espanyol during Guardiola’s spell at Barcelona said that it was hard to understand the comment by his colleague, given that he never described Guardiola’s legendary Barca side as “the Lionel Messi team.”“It was funny when I heard him the other day because I know Pep very well. When it’s exciting after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes [he] can struggle to keep his position and be a gentleman,” Pochettino said.“That didn’t affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people and 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.”Pochettino added: “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 here I think it’s a strange situation.“Personally I didn’t take it in a bad way. It wasn’t disrespectful for myself. Only I express my feeling that, for a lot of people, it wasn’t necessary to say that.
Story By: Felix Okaijah