Never Said It Was Lionel Messi Team - Mauricio Pochettino Blasts Pep Guardiola

Jonathan Hernandez
October 14, 2017

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.

Tottenham Hotspur hitman Harry Kane has been named as the Premier League Player of the Month for September. In addition to Chelsea and Man Utd, in reference to Spurs, he said: "We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals".

The 24-year-old striker continued his purple patch with both goals in England's back-to-back 1-0 wins over Slovenia and Lithuania to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup, but Tottenham manager Pochettino was unimpressed with his counterpart's words. Never in my career have I not been respectful. 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.

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

"I think that last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me". If you are in Barcelona and you have Messi in your team, there is always a temptation to say that you only won because of Messi in the team. So I'm really disappointed if he said that.

And although Pochettino feels the comments from the Spanish boss are disrespectful, the Tottenham manager says that his players have seen the amusing side. "There is a lot of credit in the way they play, in the way they want to show their football in the Premier League, the way they are always attacking".

But despite his frustration with Guardiola's comment, Pochettino admitted it was unlikely to motivate his team throughout the rest of the season.

'I've said it many times, just review what I said.

Kane, who also scored the winning goals for England against Slovenia and Lithuania during the worldwide break, has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month for September and will be hoping to add to his tally when Spurs take on Bournemouth at Wembley this weekend.

"I'm disrespectful?" he responded, before looking down at his desk and shaking his head.

"Maybe my memory is not so well, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague", he said.

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