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Mauricio Pochettino tags Pep Guardiola’s comments as ‘disrespectful and ‘sad’

Tottenham manager has accused Pep’s comments as “disrespectful” and “sad”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola over comments about his side’s reliance on Harry Kane were “very disrespectful” and “sad”.

Pochettino also called Guardiola’s comments “very disrespectful” and “sad” but insisted his Spurs players only laughed when they heard the Manchester City manager’s remark.

Guardiola 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.”

“[Guardiola] was part of the big success at Barcelona and I never said it was ‘the Lionel Messi team,'” Pochettino said on Friday.

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”.

“It doesn’t affect me but in the reality it was very disrespectful for many people,” the former Southampton manager continued.

“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.”

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