While Tottenham have gone from strength to strength - and Southampton before that - under Pochettino's management a vast majority of the England team come from a pool of players coached by the 45-year-old.
He added: "I know Pep very well and when he is excited after an awesome victory against Chelsea sometimes he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman".
Pochettino was, of course, referring to City's 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on September 30.
Although Messi was Guardiola's key man, Barça wouldn't have been anywhere near as successful without the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves and Victor Valdes playing in the same team.
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But despite his frustration with Guardiola's comment, Pochettino admitted it was unlikely to motivate his team throughout the rest of the season.
'You're a manager you must show more.
"I think it's a sad comment because the players laugh about that. To be above this type of comment". He hasn't called me yet. 'We have a lot of mutual friends, and some people on his staff are very good friends of mine but he didn't call me yet. I'm sure I will reply.
"Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can". You can remember Mario Kempes in 1978, and Diego Maradona in 1986, and the Dream Team with Johan Cruyff, and the Messi Team, the best team in the world'.
"It's a sad comment". It's not him. He's a great manager.