Poch: Pep 'disrespectful' with Kane comments

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham as the "Harry Kane team" prior to the global break, which Pochettino saw as "disrespectful", despite the former considering Spurs legitimate title contenders alongside the Cityzens, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Apparently the Special One has long had a soft spot for the Spurs striker and what with Kane's red-hot form in the last season or two, Mourinho is desperate to get his hands on the England captain.

Pochettino has responded by mentioning the fact that Lionel Messi was Barcelona's standout player during the unforgettable Guardiola era at the Camp Nou - but he never highlighted that to suggest the Catalan giants were a one-man team.

Before the global break, Guardiola named "the Harry Kane team" alongside Chelsea and Manchester United as City's title rivals after the England worldwide scored six goals in four Premier League games in September to fire Tottenham into third behind the Manchester clubs.

"I know Pep very well and when he is excited he struggles to be a gentleman".

"When he was at Barca I never said "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 unusual situation. "It wasn't disrespectful for myself".

"We need to move on".

Guardiola, whose side are top of the Premier League ahead of Saturday's game against Stoke City, said he has always been quick to give credit to Tottenham, who finished second last season, one place above City. But if you're a manager, you must show more ...

"No, no, no. I think it's a sad comment because the players laugh about that", he added.

"I think Mauricio made a mistake. To be above this type of comment", Pochettino said. Maybe I can answer when someone attacks my team or my club but I would never be disrespectful about what Mauricio and Tottenham did.

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".

Pochettino was asked whether he had spoken to Guardiola about the comment. "I am sure I will reply". Maybe after this press conference, he will call me.

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