Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino did not mince words during his press conference on Friday. Angered over comments made by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Pochettino didn’t hold back on his feelings. Although the two haven’t spoken since Guardiola’s comments, Pochettino believes the two can talk things over.
Mauricio Pochettino angry with Guardioa
At Mauricio Pochettino’s Friday press conference, the Tottenham manager had some choice words for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard had called Spurs the “Harry Kane Team” ahead of the international break. It hasn’t gone down well in North London.
“I know Pep, when he’s excited after an amazing win he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman. It was disrespectful for many,” Pochettino said.
“When he was at Barca, I never said ‘the Messi team’.”
When asked if Guardiola’s comments would fuel the team for the rest of the season, Pochettino didn’t believe so.
“No, no, no. I think it’s a sad comment; because the players laugh about that,” he said. “If you’re a manager you must show more, no? To be above this type of comment.”
Asked if Guardiola had contacted him, Pochettino said: “No, of course not. He hasn’t called me yet. Maybe after the press conference he calls me. I’m sure I will reply.
“Of course. We have a very good relationship. I have a lot of friends, Mikel Arteta, Lorenzo Buenaventura, Eduardo Mauri. All his staff are very good friends of mine before they met him.
“It’s a sad comment. It’s not him. He’s a great manager. One of the best managers in the world. Why that comment? It didn’t help him, it’s not a good thing for anyone.”
Tottenham will travel to Manchester City on December 16. Spurs will play Bournemouth on Saturday at Wembley.