"I always said it was Barcelona or Pep Guardiola".
The home-grown hero then bagged his third double of the month in a 4-0 win against Huddersfield that propelled Spurs into third place ahead of the October worldwide break.
The 21-year-old, who has featured seven times for the North Londoners so far this term, with two of those in the starting line-up, has somewhat flown under the radar of most following the successes of fellow team-mates Harry Kane and Dele Alli in recent terms. "It was disrespectful for many", Pochettino said.
"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".
The comment did not go down well with Maurcio Pochettino, who retaliated by saying he did not call Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona the "Messi team".
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"That comment does not affect me but in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people", said Pochettino.
All this is thanks to the trust and faith shown in young English players by the Spurs boss, which other Premier League managers seem to fall well short of doing. To be above this type of comment.
Pochettino was, of course, referring to City's 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on September 30. He has not called me yet.
Plus a little video from the press conference. I'm sure I will reply.
"Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can".
"It's a sad comment". It's not him. He's a great manager.