Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino pays “disrespectful” Pep Guardiola

Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola at Tottenham-Manchester City, on October 2, 2016. — Zemanek/BPI/Shutterstoc/SIPA

It may be true, but this is the kind of thing that we are not told. The coach of Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged Friday his rival Pep Guardiola of being “disrespectful” after the comments of the manager of
Manchester City ‘s description of the Spurs’team of Harry Kane”.

“It did affect me, but in reality, it is disrespectful to a lot of people”, “for the club and for lots of players,” said the Argentine at a press conference prior to the receipt of Bournemouth on Saturday in the Premier League.

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“It was part of the Barcelona team that has been so successful thanks to a Messi at his best, but I’ve never spoken of “team Messi”. I have always talked (to the team) to Barcelona or Pep Guardiola,” continued Pochettino.

After the success at Chelsea (1-0) on September 30, Guardiola, referring to Tottenham as one of the favourites with Manchester City and Manchester United to the final title, had said: “We have been able to see that the team of Harry Kane scores two or three goals in every game.” The star striker of the “Spurs” has in fact scored 15 goals in their last ten matches in the club or in the selection.

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“In the excitement of the great win against Chelsea, he sometimes struggles to stay in his place and be a gentleman. I think it is a comment unfortunate, because the players laugh. If you’re a manager, you need to do better, to be above this kind of comments, no?” said Pochettino, current 3rd in the championship, five points of “City”.

“It is sad and it is not good to do that in football. These days, we need to show respect, fair play and all that,” added the former coach of Espanyol Barcelona, who has crossed for three seasons (2009 to 2012) the road from Guardiola when the latter headed the Barça. “He has not yet called. Maybe he is going to do after the press conference. I would answer,” concluded Pochettino.