Guardiola denies disrespect in ´Kane team´ row

Posted October 14, 2017

Pep Guardiola has moved to placate Mauricio Pochettino after the Manchester City manager was accused of disrespect by his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart.

The ex-Barcelona man praised both Manchester United and Chelsea, however insisted that Spurs were nothing but a one-man team - that one-man being Harry Kane.

Kane already has 11 goals for Tottenham this season across all competitions, as he looks to win the Premier League's golden boot trophy for the third successive season.

Although Pochettino continued to impress with the poorer cousins of Catalonia, Guardiola - just eight months his forerunner as a manager and barely a year older - had the world's greatest player in Lionel Messi at his disposal and was winning everything in sight.

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 worldwide break.

"I know Pep, when he's excited after an awesome win he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman", he said.

"When people told me about the comment, I said, 'No, it's not possible, '" said Pochettino. I think everyone deserves to be recognised as part of the success of the team.

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"That is my opinion like I respect his opinion, but I don't think it will make the players more motivated or less motivated". Wasn't disrespectful for myself but for a lot of people it was unnecessary to say that.

Guardiola, whose side are top of the Premier League ahead of Saturday's game against Stoke City, said he has always been quick to give credit to Tottenham, who finished second last season, one place above City. To be above this type of comment. "If you're a manager you must show more, no? It is not right in today's football when we want to show fair play and respect".

"It's about Txiki but I think we'd like him to stay", he said.

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

Plus a little video from the press conference. 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. "I'm sure I will reply", he added.

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.