Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has described as “very disrespectful” and “sad” comments credited to Pep Guardiola describing the North London side as dependent on Harry Kane.
Guardiola had described Spurs as the “Harry Kane team”. Kane has has scored 11 goals in seven games for Spurs this season.
The former Barcelona manager described Chelsea and Manchester United as his side’s rivals to win the Premier League earlier this month, before adding: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.”
The comments did not go down well with the Tottenham manager, who has now responded to his Manchester City counterpart.
Pochettino said Guardiola was over-excited after Manchester Coity’s win over Chelsea, and was unable to keep his cool as a gentleman.
“[Guardiola] was part of the big success at Barcelona and I never said it was ‘the Lionel Messi team,'” Pochettino said on Friday.
“It doesn’t affect me but in the reality it was very disrespectful for many people.
“Everyone deserves to be recognised. When many people took the words, it was very sad and for many players that are here it is strange but, in my case, I didn’t take it in a bad way.
“It wasn’t disrespectful to myself. For a lot of people it was unnecessary. But we need to move on.”
Tottenham host Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday, with City playing at home against Stoke.