“I do know Pep thoroughly and when he is worked up, after a tremendous victory against Chelsea, sometimes he struggles to maintain his position and be a gentleman,” Pochettino said.
“The situation didn’t affect me but, in point of fact, it was very disrespectful for many individuals. It’s obscure because Pep was a part of the large success at Barcelona, when it was Messi at his best. And I never said it was the Messi team. I at all times said it was Barcelona and it was Pep Guardiola. I feel everyone deserves to be recognised as being a part of the success of the team.
“I feel that many individuals took his words as very sad and disrespectful to the club. And for a lot of players which are here – it’s a wierd situation. Personally I didn’t take it in a foul way. It wasn’t disrespectful to me. I only express my feeling that, for plenty of people, it was unnecessary to say that.”
It stays to be seen whether Pochettino would consider reacting to Guardiola’s latest pop on the Argentinian, however the Man City boss has greater problems to be concerned about after seeing his side fail to benefit from Arsenal’s defeat on Saturday, leaving them five points adrift within the title race.