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'He showed me a Barca video and said "that's my philosophy, apply it!"': Mauricio Pochettino reveals how ex-Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese told him to base his team on Pep Guardiola's iconic side Mauricio Pochettino was asked to base his Southampton team on Barcelona  Ex-Saints chairman Nicola Cortese showed him a video of Pep Guardiola's side  He implemented a new style with players like Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana  The manager said their success helped change the mentality of English players

By Kathryn Batte For Mailonline

Published: 11:15 BST, 2 August 2020 | Updated: 11:41 BST, 2 August 2020

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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

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

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

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