When asked whether he had discussed the comment with Guardiola over the phone, Pochettino replied: “No, of course not. He has not called me yet. Maybe after the press conference he calls me. I am sure I will reply.”
Speaking after Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola was asked for his views on City’s title rivals.
“I take that situation as that didn’t affect me but the reality is it was very disrespectful for many people and it’s difficult 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’.
Guardiola was careful to praise Jose Mourinho’s ‘tough’ Manchester United, and praised Chelsea for their ability to respond positively to set-backs, but appeared to dismiss third-place Tottenham as little more than a one-man team.