Mauricio Pochettino has launched a scathing attack on Antonio Conte telling the Chelsea boss to start showing him more respect, writes Steve Bates in Nashville.
Conte took a swipe at Pochettino and Tottenham saying it wouldn’t be a “tragedy” if they don’t win the Premier League or Champions League because ambition and expectations aren’t as high as at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea boss had also revealed he’d buy Harry Kane if he could, calling the Spurs and England striker “the complete striker”
But as Pochettino prepared his stars – who finished second to champions Chelsea last season – to face Manchester City in their final US tour game at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville the Spurs boss hit back.
“It made me laugh when he talked about Harry Kane because I don’t know why other people are so focused on my players and our club” said Pochettino who has so far not spent a penny this summer while Chelsea have splashed £130 million.
“I respect every single opinion. I am so respectful of other players, other clubs, other managers, the owners of different clubs.
“My job is to be focused on my players and my team and try to work together with our board, our fans, everything that is involved with the club. I show respect.
“I’m not a manager who likes to speak about other clubs or managers or what happens in the corner. I’m trying to provide the best tools to compete and try to win because that’s our mentality.
“It’s true for different clubs when they spend a lot of money the expectation and pressure is massive but it’s the same for us because it’s our own pressure and our own ambition.
“It doesn’t mean because so far we haven’t invested money or signed players that our ambitions is not the same as clubs that have signed a lot of players and spent a lot of money.
“I respect every single philosophy and for me the most important thing is to show more respect. I like to show respect to people that behave another way only I expect the same from people that compete with us.
“I think it’s important to keep calm, respect every opinion. You don’t need to start to talk about another club because it’s most important to be focused on your club.”
Pochettino will come up against new City full back Kyle Walker with the Spurs boss claiming the £54 million transfer was a good deal for everyone with the England star wanting to be closer to his Sheffield roots.
“To go back north was so important for him so it was a very open conversation. He was a very good player for us and I’m happy for him.”