• Tottenham manager says comments were ‘sad’ and ‘disrespectful’
• Pochettino claims Guardiola can ‘struggle to be a gentleman’
Mauricio Pochettino has accused Pep Guardiola of showing a lack of respect towards Tottenham Hotspur. The Manchester City manager referred to them as “the Harry Kane team” after his side’s 1-0 win at Chelsea on 30 September and it was badly received at Tottenham, even though they are proud of their in-form striker’s prominence.
Pochettino described Guardiola’s comment as “sad” and “unnecessary”. There is no love lost between him and Guardiola, with Pochettino even suggesting that his rival “struggles to be a gentleman” when he is on a winning run and riding high. Pochettino also brought up Guardiola’s success at Barcelona, which was inspired by Lionel Messi, and he noted how he had never called them “the Messi team”.