Eddie Howe comments on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Pedro of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge

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.

Nevertheless, Pochettino told reporters before his side's game against Bournemouth that he was unhappy with the former Barcelona boss, who he resisted taking a similar shot at during his time in charge of Espanyol. To be above this type of comment. "It was disrespectful for many", Pochettino said.

"I take that situation as that didn't affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people and it's hard to understand because he was part of the big success at Barcelona with Messi at his best, and I never said it was "the Messi team". I think it's the same.

When asked whether he had discussed the comment with Guardiola over the phone, Pochettino replied: "No, of course not".

Pochettino admits that he did not "take it in a bad way" but acknowledged that those within the club may have been hurt by Guardiola's "unnecessary" words. He has not called me yet. "I'm sure I will reply", he added.

"Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can".

"It is a team problem and I back Jermain to score a lot of goals for us in the future".

"It's a sad comment. Why that comment? It didn't help him, it's not a good thing for anyone".

City and Tottenham meet for the first time this season on December 16 at the Etihad Stadium.

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