Guardiola tries to heal Pochettino rift

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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.

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane has been named Premier League Player of the Month for September.

"Maybe I should say Pochettino's team when I said Harry Kane's team", Guardiola said.

Before the global break, Guardiola named "the Harry Kane team" alongside Chelsea and Manchester United as City's title rivals after the England worldwide scored six goals in four Premier League games in September to fire Tottenham into third behind the Manchester clubs.

"I know Pep, when he's excited after an unbelievable win he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman", he said.

"The situation didn't affect me but, in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people". "He was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best and I never said it was "the Lionel Messi team".

"I think that many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club and many players that are here at the club".

"It wasn't disrespectful to myself".

"I respect a lot what Tottenham have done in the last two or three years. But we need to move on".

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Speaking ahead of Spurs' meeting with Bournemouth at Wembley, the ex-Espanyol coach described Guardiola's observations as "sad" and suggested it was not uncommon for him to overstep the mark post-match.

"I don't know why he showed so much respect to Manchester United", he continued.

"The reality was it was very disrespectful and it is hard to understand", stated Pochettino when asked about Guardiola's comments on his team.

"I think it's a sad comment because the players laugh about that".

'There is a lot of credit in the way they play, in the way they want to show their football in the Premier League, the way they are always attacking.

Pochettino added that Guardiola had not spoken to him about the incident - although he expects this to change.

"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. "I am sure I will reply", the 45-year-old concluded.

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.

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