(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is unimpressed by Pep Guardiola’s suggestion that Spurs are over-reliant on Harry Kane, saying he was never disrespectful to the Manchester City manager by calling Barcelona a “Lionel Messi team” when he was in Spain.
Guardiola referred to Tottenham as the “Harry Kane team” when assessing City’s title rivals in the wake of his side’s victory over Chelsea before the recent international break.
Pochettino, who has played for and later managed Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol, said on Friday that Guardiola struggles to “be a gentleman” after a victory.
”What he said was disrespectful to many,“ the Argentine told a news conference. ”It did not affect me but was very disrespectful for many people.
“He was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best and I never said it was ‘the Lionel Messi team’.”
Pochettino, whose team are third in the table and take on Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday, said Guardiola had not yet apologised.
“Maybe after the press conference he calls me. I am sure I will reply... I know Pep and when he is excited after an amazing win, he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman.”
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.