Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Pep Guardiola over 'Harry Kane team' remark

Sheri Evans
October 14, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola for dismissively referring to Spurs as the 'Harry Kane team' shortly before the global break.

But in the same sentence he said Manchester United and Mourinho, he said Tottenham was the Harry Kane team.

England striker Kane yesterday picked up the player of the month award for September after six goals in four games and will be looking to continue his red-hot run against Bournemouth today. When it's exciting after an wonderful victory against Chelsea, sometimes Kempes in 1978, in 1986 it was the "Maradona team, ' the 'Dream Team" with Johan Cruyff.

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. "He was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best and I never said it was "the Lionel Messi team".

'I think the guy who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me, ' Guardiola added. "It wasn't disrespectful for myself". For a lot of people it was unnecessary.

Pochettino said on Friday that Guardiola struggles to "be a gentleman" after a victory. But if you're a manager, you must show more ...

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"Maybe I can answer something where I attack my team or my club, but never would I be disrespectful about Mauricio or Tottenham".

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

As to whether they French club might sell the defensive midfielder, Vasilyev said: "We are very happy that we managed to keep him... but we realise in Monaco we have a certain model, that at a certain moment when we feel it's right, we have to let players go in order to be successful again".

Pochettino added that Guardiola had not spoken to him about the incident - although he expects this to change. "I am sure I will reply". 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 21-year-old, who has featured seven times for the North Londoners so far this term, with two of those in the starting line-up, has somewhat flown under the radar of most following the successes of fellow team-mates Harry Kane and Dele Alli in recent terms.

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