Guardiola made the comment after being asked which teams he believes will challenge his club, Manchester City, for the Premier League title this season. In addition to Chelsea and Man Utd, in reference to Spurs, he said: "We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals".
Despite the frustration it has caused, Pochettino was quick to quash any theory that Guardiola's comments would be the inspiration that will drive his side in their attempts to go one better than their runners-up spot past year.
Full story to follow... "To be above this type of comment", Pochettino said.
"Maybe my memory is not so good, but I was never disrespectful to my colleague".
Guardiola's side entertain Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. "When it's exciting after an awesome victory against Chelsea, sometimes [he] can struggle to keep his position and be a gentleman", Pochettino said. I was never disrespectful in a press conference - never. "If you're a manager you must show more, no?"
"Many people took his words as very sad and disrespectful to the club. He was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best and I never said it was "the Lionel Messi team".
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"And I know perfectly that Tottenham are not Harry Kane alone".
"No, no, no. I think it's a sad comment because the players laugh about that", he added.
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.
"So I think last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me". "So I never said it was "the Messi team"".
As someone who regularly forgets even the most basic of details about people's names and the like when speaking in public, I guess I sympathize with Pep a small bit. Wasn't disrespectful for myself but for a lot of people it was unnecessary to say that. "But I think the players move on".
"I think Mauricio made a mistake".
'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.