Pochettino furious over Guardiola's "disrespectful" Kane comments

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Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that Tottenham Hotspur's players have been joking about Pep Guardiola's comments on Harry Kane.

Despite the frustration it has caused, Pochettino was quick to quash any theory that Guardiola's comments would be the inspiration that will drive his side in their attempts to go one better than their runners-up spot a year ago. Messi got all four of them.

Pochettino has bristled at the suggestion that Spurs are a one-man team, calling Guardiola's comments disrespectful, but the Spaniard now says it was never his intention to belittle them. "Why? Because I understand him very well".

"It was amusing when I heard him the other day because I know Pep very well". It's not him. He's a great manager. It wasn't disrespectful to me.

The further twist of Guardiola's knife two weeks ago had come when he had gone on to reference Manchester United as the "Jose Mourinho team". But if you're a manager, you must show more - be above this type of comment.

Speaking after Manchester City's 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola was asked for his views on City's title rivals. "It was very disrespectful to the club".

"It is amusing", he had begun, patronising the Manchester City manager immediately.

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".

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By the end of the press conference, Pochettino had have left his subject in tatters.

"I respect his opinion but it's a sad comment. Why that comment? It didn't help him, it's not a good thing for anyone". Or one of the best teams in the world - the 'Messi team, ' the period when he was fantastic. Never, never in my career was I disrespectful.

"When I talked about Harry Kane's team, it was because Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals, and I know perfectly that Tottenham are not Harry Kane alone".

'He knows I said Tottenham are one of the best teams playing.

However, they were no match for Kane as the Spurs super-star scored six goals in his four Premier League appearances last month to take his tally to 11 in just 9 games in all competitions.

'From the times I spoke with him, maybe my English is not so well, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague.

Tottenham travel to the Etihad on December 16.

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