By Kathryn Batte For Mailonline
Published: 11:15 BST, 2 August 2020 | Updated: 11:41 BST, 2 August 2020
Mauricio Pochettino has recalled the moment he was asked to make his Southampton team play like Pep Guardiola's famous Barcelona side.
The Saints were three points outside the Premier League's relegation zone when Pochettino took over from the sacked Nigel Adkins in January 2013. Adkins had taken the club from League One to the top flight with successive promotions and was widely loved by supporters.
Pochettino's managerial qualities were unproven in the English game but Southampton's former chairman Nicola Courtese had faith the Argentine could get them playing stylish football.
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he was asked to base his Southampton side on Barcelona
Pochettino was shown a video of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona and asked to apply the philosophy
'It was not easy because one of the first things the president told me was that he signed me because he wanted the team to play as the Dream Team,' he told Spanish newspaper El Pais.
'He showed us a video of that Barca. "This is my philosophy... apply it!"'
The 48-year-old was asked what his immediate thoughts were after hearing the chairman's