Pep denies disrespecting Spurs

The Catalan believes Pochettino simply misunderstood him.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola disagreed with Mauricio Pochettino’s statement that he disrespects Tottenham Hotspur. During a post-game interview with the Citizens boss after City’s 0-1 win over Chelsea, Pep assessed the potential title rivals by saying: “We’re in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season. We have [Manchester] United and the Harry Kane team, who scores every game two or three goals.” – quoted by FourFourTwo.

It is no secret that Harry Kane has been tremendous for both club and country as he netted a total of 13 goals during September, scooping the Premier League player of the month award. Yet, Pochettino was seemingly offended by Pep’s words as he described Guardiola’s statement as ‘sad’: “I know Pep very well and when he is excited, after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman. The situation didn’t affect me but, in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people.” Pochettino said, according to the Guardian.

However, Guardiola has tried to make things right with Spurs boss, insisting he never meant to be disrespectful, but simply was misunderstood.

I’m disrespectful?” he responded during a press-conference as quoted by Goal.

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“I think Mauricio, for the times we’ve met each other and the times I spoke with him… maybe my English is not quite well.

“I never was disrespectful for my colleague in the press conference. Never.

“When I said ‘Harry Kane’s team’ it was because of the fact Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals. I know very well that Tottenham is not Harry Kane alone.”

 

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