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 worldwide break.
Remember, Guardiola was the first manager Mauricio Pochettino ever crossed swords with - Espanyol earning a goalless draw against Barcelona in the former Argentina international's first game in charge of a senior side.
Pochettino was upset that Manchester City boss Guardiola referred to Chelsea, Manchester United and the "Harry Kane team" when he was talking about City's Premier League title rivals before the global break.
Speaking to reporters today, Pochettino admitted that he personally took no offence to the remarks but described them as "unnecessary" and "disrespectful" to his players and fans.
"The situation didn't affect me but, in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people".
"But I think Mauricio has made a mistake".
And although Pochettino feels the comments from the Spanish boss are disrespectful, the Tottenham manager says that his players have seen the amusing side.
"We need to move on".
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Pochettino has had to wait the duration of the global break to hit back at Guardiola, but wasted no time in responding to his jibe during Tottenham's pre-match press conference ahead of their home match against Bournemouth.
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"I think Mauricio, for the times we've met each other and the times I spoke with him... maybe my English is not quite well". For me, Harry Kane is one of the best strikers and it's important that our position is clear, to be calm and not be aggressive with our opponents.
Pochettino said on Friday that Guardiola struggles to "be a gentleman" after a victory.
"I don't know why he showed so much respect to Manchester United", he continued.
"That is my opinion like I respect his opinion but I think the players, more motivated or less motivated?" I think it's the same.
"We have a very good relationship". Of course, it's a sad comment. "Why that comment? It didn't help him, it's not a good thing for anyone". "He's a great manager, one of the best managers in the world, so why make that comment?"