The widespread change was to be expected when Pep Guardiola became Manchester City manager last summer, but some of his decisions have been very bizarre.
Since taking over, the Spaniard has banned a number of luxuries at the Etihad that, in his mind, can hold a negative impact on performance.
Guardiola has reportedly banned pizza, eating breakfast alone, WiFi in certain areas, fruit juice, and sex after midnight.
And yes, you’ve read that last one correctly. Samir Nasri, now on loan at Sevilla, recently explained the reason behind Guardiola banning sex after 12 o’clock.
“[Sexual] Relations must be before midnight,” he said. “Even if you have a free day the following day.
“He (Guardiola) told us this is how he managed to get the best out of [Lionel] Messi and [Robert] Lewandowski, and for them to avoid the maximum number of muscular injuries.”
Right then… Guardiola has enforced a total of six bans since taking over at City but, according to The Sun, he’s just introduced another one.
In an apparent attempt to promote healthy eating and keep his players disciplined, Guardiola has banned chocolate from being sold to ANYONE on City’s premises.
Not just the players, but any staff member at the club. Chocolate can still be brought into work but Guardiola doesn’t want it sold – so what’s the point?
Guardiola runs a pretty tight ship at the Etihad but perhaps banning chocolate is a step too far – soon he’s going to run out of luxuries to ban.
Products with high sugar content is what the former Barcelona manager hates most, hence why he’s ordered his players to not drink fruit juice.
However, what Guardiola must remember is that players need to be able to let their hair down from time to time to keep spirits high.
Just look at Leicester City under Claudio Ranieri last season. The Italian allowed his players to eat pizza and chicken burgers from time to time as a treat and, as we know, they won the Premier League.
But as soon as he took away those privileges this season, morale plummeted and he ended up getting sacked because of a player revolt. There’s a lesson to be learned there.