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.
Swansea were the only side to keep him out, as Kane made history by becoming the first man to net two or more goals in three successive away games.
"I take that situation as that didn't affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people and it's hard to understand because he was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best, and I never said it was "the Messi team"". It wasn't disrespectful to me.
"It was amusing when I heard him the other day because I know Pep very well", the Argentine said during his Bournemouth pre-match press conference. For me, Harry Kane is one of the best strikers.
"And I know perfectly that Tottenham are not Harry Kane alone".
Tottenham play host to Bournemouth at Wembley this weekend and will be looking to cut the gap on league leaders Manchester City and Manchester United, who have a five-point advantage over Spurs. That is my opinion like I respect his opinion, but I think the players motivation is the same.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League Manager of the Month after he guided the club to four wins from four.
"As I said, Tottenham are one of the best teams playing".
"So I am really disappointed if he said that".
And although Pochettino feels the comments from the Spanish boss are disrespectful, the Tottenham manager says that his players have seen the amusing side. "It is not right in today's football when we want to show fair play and respect".
Guardiola thought he had a good relationship with the Tottenham manager, who he believes must have misunderstood his comments.
Pochettino also brought up Guardiola's success at Barcelona, which was inspired by Lionel Messi, and he noted how he had never called them "the Messi team". Personally, I didn't take it in a bad way.
"I'm disrespectful?" he responded, before looking down at his desk and shaking his head.
'From the times I spoke with him, maybe my English is not so well, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague.