Pep Guardiola called 'sad', 'disrespectful' by Pochettino

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By Matt Barlow for MailOnline

Published: 08:57 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 09:17 EDT, 13 October 2017

Mauricio Pochettino has branded Pep Guardiola 'disrespectful' and 'sad' for referring to Tottenham as 'the Harry Kane team'.

Guardiola made the remark after Manchester City won at Chelsea on their last outing before the international break.

'I know Pep well,' said Pochettino, who worked in Barcelona as a player and manager at Espanyol. 'He was excited after an amazing victory against Chelsea but in reality it was very disrespectful for many people.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been taken to task by Mauricio Pochettino
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been taken to task by Mauricio Pochettino

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been taken to task by Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino, with Harry Kane at training this week, revealed Tottenham's anger at Guardiola
Pochettino, with Harry Kane at training this week, revealed Tottenham's anger at Guardiola

Pochettino, with Harry Kane at training this week, revealed Tottenham's anger at Guardiola

'And it is difficult to understand because he was part of big success in Barcelona when it was Lionel Messi at his best and I never said it was the Messi team. I always said it was Barcelona with respect to Guardiola. Everyone deserves to be seen as part of the success of the team.

'Many people took those words as very sad and disrespectful to the club and many players who are here thought it was a strange situation.

'I didn't take it badly, it was not disrespectful to me but, for a lot of people, it was unnecessary to say that.'

Kane has been in brilliant goal form, scoring 15 goals in his last 10 games for club and country – and 11 of Tottenham’s last 16 goals.

Kane picked up the player of the month award for September on Friday
Kane picked up the player of the month award for September on Friday
He then knuckled down in training as he looks to continue his extraordinary goal-scoring form
He then knuckled down in training as he looks to continue his extraordinary goal-scoring form

Kane picked up the player of the month award for September (left) before training Friday

Pochettino, with Hugo Lloris, took charge of training before aiming his shot at Guardiola
Pochettino, with Hugo Lloris, took charge of training before aiming his shot at Guardiola

Pochettino, with Hugo Lloris, took charge of training before aiming his shot at Guardiola

Guardiola picked up his own manager of the month award along with his backroom team
Guardiola picked up his own manager of the month award along with his backroom team

Guardiola picked up his own manager of the month award along with his backroom team

'Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world,' said Pochettino. 'Of course, he is an important part of the success of Tottenham. But it is a collective sport and everyone needs to do their job.

'Sometimes it’s difficult, sometimes the temptation is to recognise some players. You can remember Mario Kempes in 1978, and Diego Maradona in 1986, and the Dream Team with Johan Cruyff, and the Messi Team, the best team in the world.'

Pochettino said he expected a call from Guardiola during the international break, to explain his mistake, but none came.

'I was sure he would call me,' said the Spurs boss. 'We have a lot of mutual friends, and some people on his staff are very good friends of mine but he didn’t call me yet.

'It is a sad comment. He’s a great manager, one of the best in the world, why make that comment, it doesn’t help him. It’s good for no-one.

'You’re a manager you must show more. Be above this type of comment.

'I respect his opinion but it’s sad, a sad comment and it’s not right in football when we want to show fair play and respect.

'The players were laughing about it.'  

 

 

Jasper Ray
By Jasper Ray 13/10/2017 09:17:00