Poch slams Pep's "Harry Kane team" comments as "disrespectful"

Barcelona set sights on Tottenham ace after recommendation from Chelsea player – report

Barcelona set sights on Tottenham ace after recommendation from Chelsea player – report

Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Winks was subject to a rejected loan bid from French side Nice last season, with boss Mauricio Pochettino refusing to allow the midfielder to depart White Hart Lane, according to Sportsmail.

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

When assessing the strength of City's title rivals, the former Barcelona boss said: "We're in September".

But he said: "I said it because Kane scored two goals more against Huddersfield and a goal for the national team and then another goal for the national team".

Kane was named as the Premier League's player of the month of September after a sparkling run of scoring form, but his manager clearly did not take kindly to Guardiola's claim that he is carrying Tottenham on his own. When it's exciting after an wonderful victory against Chelsea, sometimes [he] can struggle to keep his position and be a gentleman.

"I take that situation, 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 [Lionel] Messi at his best, and I never said it was "the Messi team" - I always said it was Barcelona or Pep Guardiola".

The City coach told a news conference ahead of the game against Stoke City on Saturday that he had consistently praised the quality of Pochettino's team.

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

"No, no, no. I think it's a sad comment because the players laugh about that", he added.

"It was amusing when I heard him the other day because I know Pep very well", the Argentine said during his Bournemouth pre-match press conference. Of course Harry Kane is a very important part of the success today of Tottenham but still we don't win trophies.

'He knows I said Tottenham are one of the best teams playing.

"I think last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me", Guardiola said. 'When they lost against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, I said it was incredible, because Chelsea had four shots on target and scored four goals.

Pep Guardiola has denied being disrespectful to Tottenham. So I'm really disappointed if he said that. "So I never said it was "the Messi team"".

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