Mauricio Pochettino hits out at Pep Guardiola's description of Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur were labelled the 'Harry Kane team' by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

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.

Guardiola had referred to Spurs as the "Harry Kane team" following City's 1-0 victory over Chelsea before the worldwide 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.

"I take that situation as that didn't affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people and it's hard to understand because he was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best, and I never said it was "the Messi team"".

"I think that last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me".

However, they were no match for Kane as the Spurs super-star scored six goals in his four Premier League appearances last month to take his tally to 11 in just 9 games in all competitions. "But we need to move on". "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".

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"I think it's a sad comment because the players laugh about that".

'When I said about Harry Kane's team, it was because Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals, and I know perfectly that Tottenham are not Harry Kane alone.

Pochettino added that Guardiola had not spoken to him about the incident - although he expects this to change.

"Maybe my memory is not so well, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague", he said. I'm sure I will reply.

"Only I express my feeling that, for a lot of people, it wasn't necessary to say that". Maybe you don't believe, but they are always a contender. Of course, it's a sad comment. It's not him. He's a great manager, one of the best managers in the world.

The left-back was fined two weeks wages for an interview in which he criticised the club's transfer strategy and ambition, and said he was open to offers from elsewhere. "Why? Because I understand him very well". It doesn't help him. "We're happy with the situation, it's a completely different situation to the beginning of the season".