Pep Guardiola rejects Mauricio Pochettino's accusations of 'disrespect'

Pedro of Chelsea celebrates scoring his side's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23

'I think Mauricio has made a mistake, ' Guardiola said.

'From the times I spoke with him, maybe my English is not so well, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague.

"Eriksen is one of a number of players key to Tottenham's style of play so we've got to try and keep them quiet".

His efforts against Dortmund remain his only club goals at Wembley so far this season, with Kane yet to trouble the scorers in a Premier League game at Tottenham's temporary home.

Pochettino explained that, while he personally didn't take the remark badly, plenty of people connected with his club did.

Harry Kane made amends for not scoring a goal for Tottenham during the month of August by entering God-mode during September.

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.

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

Plus a little video from the press conference.

But ahead of the Bournemouth match, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has responded to Pep Guardiola calling Tottenham "the Harry Kane team" two weeks ago. "I gave a lot of credit to Tottenham, because last season they finished better than us and that means a lot".

"What he said was disrespectful to many", the Argentine told a news conference. "There is a lot of credit in the way they play, in the way they want to show their football in the Premier League, the way they are always attacking".

Pochettino said on Friday that Guardiola struggles to "be a gentleman" after a victory.

'I spoke many times to Mauricio. "Maybe I can answer when someone attacks my team, but never was I disrespectful about Mauricio or what Tottenham did". Never, never in my career was I disrespectful.

City are due to host Tottenham in the Premier League on December 16.

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