Pochettino slams 'disrespectful' Guardiola for 'Harry Kane team' remark

Eddie Howe the manager of Bournemouth shakes hands with Lewis Cook after his side's 0-0 draw during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has responded to Pep Guardiola after the Manchester City boss referred to Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team" in a press conference earlier this month.

The Manchester City boss dubbed Spurs "the Harry Kane" team, when talking about who he considers his side's rivals for the Premier League title this season.

Although Pochettino would be the first to acknowledge Kane's importance to Tottenham, the Argentine coach hasn't reacted well to Guardiola suggesting the north London outfit are a one-man team. "It did not affect me but was very disrespectful for many people".

'You're a manager you must show more.

City consolidated pole position with an impressive win at champions Chelsea before the global period and Pochettino suggested that result might have sparked Guardiola's Kane comment.

"The players laughing. Of course, only for some supporters and people that of course care about the club, the team, you know". But I think we need to move on. One of the best managers in the world. 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".

To put things into further perspective, Kane has found the net 36 times from 147 shots in competitive games in 2017, while Saturday's opponents Bournemouth have scored 36 times from 371 shots spread throughout their whole squad.

Asked if he had spoken to Guardiola, Pochettino said: "No, of course not".

He continued: 'I was sure he would call me. It's sad and it's not right in football.

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.

Pochettino also said he hoped to be able to select long-term absentees Danny Rose and Erik Lamela "in the next few weeks" after the duo returned to group training on Wednesday, adding that Rose was now happier at the club following his dramatic outburst on the eve of the season. All his staff are very good friends of mine before they met him. It doesn't help him.

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