Mauricio Pochettino insists he holds no animosity in direction of Pep Guardiola after his Manchester Metropolis counterpart labelled Tottenham “that Harry Kane group”.
Guardiola and Pochettino go face to face on Saturday, with Metropolis 18 factors away from their guests following a report 15-match profitable run within the Premier League.
Again in October, Guardiola appeared to counsel Spurs have been a one-man group, reliant solely on the goalscoring exploits of the prolific Kane.
He later clarified that he meant no disrespect and Pochettino spoke of his admiration for the previous Barca boss.
Requested if Guardiola had ever referred to as to elucidate the remark, Pochettino mentioned: “I had some conversations with individuals from the teaching workers. It was a factor that occurred in that second. Ultimately it is not a problem.
“We have now an excellent relationship. I like Pep – all that he was doing at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now at Manchester Metropolis.
“I believe he is among the managers I’m extra near in soccer. Now it is prior to now I forgot all the pieces. I believe him too, the identical.”
It was put to Pochettino that displaying Guardiola’s feedback within the Etihad Stadium dressing room previous to kick-off would possibly encourage the Spurs gamers, however the Argentine laughed off that concept.
He added: “Make sure, we’ll see one another and say hiya. We have now a number of buddies within the center. The respect is a very powerful.
“I do not solely admire and respect him how he feels about soccer. His ardour for soccer. I do know him from Barcelona, 21 years previous, he was older than me. It isn’t an issue.
“An important is to attempt to get pleasure from soccer. Two groups that attempt to get pleasure from soccer. After all I want him and all of the individuals I like there all the most effective.
“We’d like the three factors to attempt to be within the prime 4 and combat for giant issues on the finish of the season.”