Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Pep Guardiola calling Tottenham 'the Harry Kane team'

Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Pep Guardiola calling Tottenham 'the Harry Kane team'

Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at Pep Guardiola's assessment of Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team" by pointing out he never called his Barcelona side "the Lionel Messi team".

Before the worldwide break, Man City boss Guardiola was discussing his side's rivals for the title.

"I think Harry Kane is an outstanding player", he said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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

110 goals in 174 appearances for Spurs across all competitions has many predicting that it's inevitable that he overtakes Alan Shearer as the most prolific goalscorer the Premier League has ever seen. "It wasn't disrespectful for myself".

"When it's exciting after an unbelievable victory against Chelsea, sometimes [he] can struggle to keep his position and be a gentleman", Pochettino said.

"It is hard to understand because he was part of the big success in Barcelona when it was Messi in his best".

Asked if this constituted the best month of his career, Kane responded: "I'd say so, when you look at the amount of goals I scored in the games".

"I think everyone deserves to be recognised as part of the success of the team".

Pochettino believes the insinuation that his club are a one-man team is wide of the mark and that all sides have their own stand-out players.

But despite his frustration with Guardiola's comment, Pochettino admitted it was unlikely to motivate his team throughout the rest of the season. He hasn't called me yet.

"Of course, it's a sad comment. I'm sure I will reply", he added.

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