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Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he fell asleep during Argentina’s crucial World Cup qualifying victory over Ecuador.

Argentina needed to win to qualify for Russia next summer. They went a goal down before Lionel Messi scored a wonderful hat-trick to send his country to the World Cup.

The game kicked off at 12.30am in the UK, but Pochettino’s family stayed up to watch.

Mauricio himself, however, struggled to stay awake after a long day at work.

“If I’m honest, I fell asleep,” the Tottenham manager told radio station Cadena Cope (via ESPN).

“My wife was angry because my children were watching the game in the room next door, shouting and waking me up.

“I then put the radio on. I didn’t know anything about the first goal [for Ecuador] but did hear about the equaliser. I watched the highlights the next day.

“I’m a minimum of 12 hours a day in the training centre. I usually get there around 7am and I leave at 7pm or 8pm depending on the day. It’s a long day.”

Fair enough, Poch. I struggle to stay awake during England games regardless of what time they’re on.

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