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's comment following his side's 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge brought smiles from those present, but Pochettino was not amused by the tag that he views as disrespectful to his players.
Guardiola made the dig after Manchester City's win at Chelsea on September 30 while listing his side's title rivals.
"It doesn't affect me but in the reality it was very disrespectful for many people", the Argentine continued.
"I think last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me", Guardiola said.
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. Wasn't disrespectful for myself but for a lot of people it was unnecessary to say that.
"We need to move on. It is not right in today's football when we want to show fair play and respect".
'When I said about Harry Kane's team, it was because Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals, and I know perfectly that Tottenham are not Harry Kane alone. "Never in my career have I not been respectful".
I think it's important to respect every single opinion and I respect his opinion.
Pochettino added that Guardiola had not spoken to him about the incident - although he expects this to change. Maybe after the press conference he calls me. I'm sure I will reply. Of course. We have a very good relationship. Maybe you don't believe, but they are always a contender. But it's sad. A sad comment. One of the best managers in the world. Mikel Arteta, Lorenzo Buenaventura, Edu Mauri - people that are on his staff [at City] are very good friends of mine from before they worked for him.
The left-back was fined two weeks wages for an interview in which he criticised the club's transfer strategy and ambition, and said he was open to offers from elsewhere. He explained to us what happened, you think what might have happened, but now he's quite well and we're happy'.