Mauricio Pochettino accuses Pep Guardiola of 'disrespect'

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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.

When assessing the strength of City's title rivals, the former Barcelona boss said: "We're in September".

Tottenham Hotspur hitman Harry Kane has been named as the Premier League Player of the Month for September. "When he is excited after an incredible victory against Chelsea, sometimes, he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman".

"I don't know why he said it, why he showed too much respect to Manchester United because in the same way he could have said "Lukaku team".

The City coach told a news conference ahead of the game against Stoke City on Saturday that he had consistently praised the quality of Pochettino's team.

17 - Pep Guardiola's Manchester City won all four @premierleague games in September, scoring 17 and conceding none.

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I think it's important to respect every single opinion and I respect his opinion.

"I never was disrespectful for my colleague in the press conference". For me, Harry Kane is one of the best strikers.

'He knows I said Tottenham are one of the best teams playing.

Guardiola spoke regularly of his admiration for Spurs' style under Pochettino last season. But I think many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club, and for many players here I think it's a odd situation. 'When they lost against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, I said it was incredible, because Chelsea had four shots on target and scored four goals. So I'm really disappointed if he said that. Never in my career have I not been respectful.

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.

The 21-year-old, who has featured seven times for the North Londoners so far this term, with two of those in the starting line-up, has somewhat flown under the radar of most following the successes of fellow team-mates Harry Kane and Dele Alli in recent terms. Wasn't disrespectful for myself but for a lot of people it was unnecessary to say that. There is a lot of credit in the way they play, in the way they are always attacking.