Spurs boss Pochettino learnt English listening to Adele’s James Bond anthem Skyfall

The Tottenham boss, 46, admitted the most testing part of his career was when he moved to England to manage Southampton in 2013.

Pochettino explained how his wife organised him a language lesson with a tutor, but he found it too boring.

The Argentine manager had to turn to music to help him pick up the lingo before he took charge of the Saints.

Speaking to JOE, he said: "She [his wife] found an English teacher for me and the first session – two hours long- was so boring.

"The tutor said, 'Ok, we are going to try something a little different, let's learn with a song'.

"She put on Adele's Skyfall, which is so tricky – as you can imagine – if you don't know anything about English.

"But every time I hear Skyfall now, I always think about that and smile.

"I had only one lesson and I thought 'Impossible, I'm not going to be able to get this language'."

The former Espanyol boss was born in Argentina and he spent the majority of his playing career in France and Spain.

Sky's the limit

IT'S pretty impressive how well Pochettino did at Southampton considering he only had these Skyfall lyrics to work with in his team talks.

This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again
For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I’m stolen
Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together
Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together
At skyfall

But the 46-year-old admitted that the hardest move was to England – which made him so stressed that he could not sleep.

He added: "The most testing period was coming to England.

"The decision was not the hard part, but the adjustment. There were many nights when I could not sleep.

"I remember the first night in the hotel at Southampton, it was a Friday and the next day was going to be the first training session.

"I was so restless, tossing and not able to close my eyes. I took my phone, it will have been just before 4am, and I sent a WhatsApp to [assistant] Jesus [Perez]: 'Are you awake?'

"Immediately there was the response, 'Yes', so I told him, 'Ok, come to my room, we talk'. He came and I looked at him and just said 'Jesus tomorrow'.

"I did not know what to do. I couldn't say one word in English and I needed to put myself in front of about 50 people including the chairman. I was shaking."

Pochettino faces a different test tomorrow when his flailing Spurs side take on Arsenal at Wembley, with the Gunners now just four points behind in the race for third.


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