Pochettino furious over Guardiola's "disrespectful" Kane comments

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The global break had robbed him of an immediate opportunity to reply to Pep Guardiola's description of Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team" but this could wait two more weeks for Friday's press conference to preview the game against Bournemouth.

Remember, Guardiola was the first manager Mauricio Pochettino ever crossed swords with - Espanyol earning a goalless draw against Barcelona in the former Argentina international's first game in charge of a senior side.

Guardiola made the comment after being asked which teams he believes will challenge his club, Manchester City, for the Premier League title this season.

Speaking to reporters today, Pochettino admitted that he personally took no offence to the remarks but described them as "unnecessary" and "disrespectful" to his players and fans.

"I never said it was the Messi team". But I think many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club, and for many players that are here I think it's a odd situation.

Kane, who also scored the winning goals for England against Slovenia and Lithuania during the worldwide break, has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month for September and will be hoping to add to his tally when Spurs take on Bournemouth at Wembley this weekend.

"I give a lot of credit about Tottenham". We need to win trophies to say it's a massive period for us.

Pochettino, whose team are third in the table and take on Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday, said Guardiola had not yet apologised. Maybe I can answer when someone attacks my team or my club but I would never be disrespectful about what Mauricio and Tottenham did. I figured he had a brain fart, and wasn't expressly trying to be disrespectful to Spurs or to the rest of the Harry Kane Team.

"The reality was it was very disrespectful and it is hard to understand", stated Pochettino when asked about Guardiola's comments on his team.

I think it's important to respect every single opinion and I respect his opinion.

"I think Mauricio made a mistake". But if you're a manager, you must show more - be above this type of comment.

"That is my opinion like I respect his opinion but I think the players, more motivated or less motivated? I am sure I will reply", the 45-year-old concluded. Of course, it's a sad comment. It doesn't help him. "He's a great manager, one of the best managers in the world, so why make that comment?"

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