Never Said It Was Lionel Messi Team - Mauricio Pochettino Blasts Pep Guardiola

Pedro of Chelsea celebrates scoring his side's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23

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.

However, with limited regular game time so far at Spurs due to the first XI's success in both the Premier League and Champions League, the talented youngster may well see his future elsewhere if he is unable to secure guaranteed minutes on the pitch.

Pochettino also pointed out that branding your rivals a one-man team is a bit rich when you were manager of a Barcelona team containing Lionel Messi.

The Manchester City boss dubbed Spurs "the Harry Kane" team, when talking about who he considers his side's rivals for the Premier League title this season.

Pochettino said that Guardiola was "excited" after his side's victory over Chelsea, and joked that he struggled to "keep his position and be a gentleman".

"Many people took his words as very sad and disrespectful to the club". I think everyone deserves to be recognised as being 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 unusual situation. Wasn't disrespectful for myself but for a lot of people it was unnecessary to say that. "But we need to move on".

Tottenham play host to Bournemouth at Wembley this weekend and will be looking to cut the gap on league leaders Manchester City and Manchester United, who have a five-point advantage over Spurs.

"I think Mauricio, for the times we've met each other and the times I spoke with him... maybe my English is not quite well".

"It's a sad comment", Pochettino said. I think it's the same.

"I don't know why he showed so much respect to Manchester United", he continued. "There is a lot of credit in the way they play, in the way they want to show their football in the Premier League, the way they are always attacking".

Pochettino added that Guardiola had not spoken to him about the incident - although he expects this to change.

"What he said was disrespectful to many", the Argentine told a news conference.

"Maybe my memory is not so good, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague. I am sure I will reply".

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