Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: I would never disrespect Tottenham

14 October, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Eddie Howe the manager of Bournemouth shakes hands with Lewis Cook after his side's 0-0 draw during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality

"I think that last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me".

"I don't know why he said it, why he showed too much respect to Manchester United because in the same way he could have said "Lukaku team".

Kane was also instrumental in England's unbeaten qualification to the World Cup, having scored the winners in both of their final two games, against Slovenia and Lithuania.

Guardiola's choice came as no surprise following City's impressive run in September where they won all four of their league games.

But Pochettino slammed his "disrespectful" comment yesterday claiming the City boss sometimes "struggles to be a gentleman".

It was very disrespectful to the club.

Kane, who also scored the winning goals for England against Slovenia and Lithuania during the global break, has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month for September and will be hoping to add to his tally when Spurs take on Bournemouth at Wembley this weekend.

"It's about Txiki but I think we'd like him to stay", he said. I was never disrespectful in a press conference.

Ahead of today's home clash with Stoke, he added: "I'm really disappointed if he said that".

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. "I gave a lot of credit to Tottenham, because last season they finished better than us and that means a lot".

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

"But it's okay. I spoke many times with Mauricio".

"Maybe I should say "Pochettino team" instead of "Harry Kane's team". I think everyone deserves to be recognised as part of the success of the team. Maybe I can answer when someone attacks my team or my club but I would never be disrespectful about what Mauricio and Tottenham did.

Could there be a budding rivalry between Premier League managers?


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