Pochettino also branded Guardiola's comments, made before the worldwide break, as "very disrespectful" and "sad" but insisted his Spurs players only laughed when they heard the Manchester City manager's remark.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola for dismissively referring to Spurs as the 'Harry Kane team' shortly before the worldwide break. I never said it was a Messi team.
"In my case, personally, I did not take it in a bad way".
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.
Asked if Guardiola had contacted him, Pochettino said: "No, of course not".
"That comment does not affect me but in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people", said Pochettino.
"I think everyone deserves to be recognised as part of the success of the team".
But despite his frustration with Guardiola's comment, Pochettino admitted it was unlikely to motivate his team throughout the rest of the season.
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