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Mauricio Pochettino has hit back at Pep Guardiola after the Manchester City manager suggested Tottenham Hotspur are dependent upon Harry Kane.

Pochettino, who was Espanyol coach when Guardiola was in charge of city rivals Barcelona, said he was not personally offended by the comment, but added that it was hard to understand given that he never described Guardiola's legendary Barca side as "the Lionel Messi team".

Pochettino was upset that Manchester City boss Guardiola referred to Chelsea, Manchester United and the "Harry Kane team" when he was talking about City's Premier League title rivals before the worldwide break.

"I think that many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club and many players that are here at the club". But I think many people took those words as very disrespectful for the club, and for many players that are here I think it's a unusual situation.

However, they were no match for Kane as the Spurs super-star scored six goals in his four Premier League appearances last month to take his tally to 11 in just 9 games in all competitions. For a lot of people it was unnecessary. But I think we need to move on.

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'From the times I spoke with him, maybe my English is not so well, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague. I figured he had a brain fart, and wasn't expressly trying to be disrespectful to Spurs or to the rest of the Harry Kane Team. But if you're a manager, you must show more ...

"It's hard to understand because he was part of the big success in Barcelona when it was Messi at his best", Pochettino said at a press conference. Of course Harry Kane is a very important part of the success today of Tottenham but still we don't win trophies. I think it's the same. "But I think it's important to respect every single opinion and I respect his opinion".

'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.

"We have a very good relationship". Mikel Arteta, Lorenzo Buenaventura, Edu Mauri - people that are on his staff [at City] are very good friends of mine from before they worked for him. It's not him. He's a great manager, one of the best managers in the world.

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