Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City revolution continues with eve-of-match hotel stays scrapped

Pep Guardiola is likely to scrap the long-standing policy of hotel get-togethers the night before matches by allowing his Manchester City s players to stay at home with their families on the eve of games at the Etihad Stadium next season.

Guardiola bucked the trend of getting the team together in a hotel the day before matches at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and is now considering doing the same at City as part of a series of changes the two-time Champions League winning manager is implementing at the club.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Revolution Continues With Eve-of-match Hotel Stays Scrapped Guardiola has been left unimpressed by a number of issues in his early month at City Credit: REX

The strategy is designed to help take players minds off games and, in turn, calm any nerves and alleviate pressure and was well received at Barcelona and Bayern, despite some initial scepticism. Guardiola has said in the past that he is not a policeman and has no urge to go and check up on my players but he and his assistants at Barcelona were known at times to make late-night calls to ensure players were at home at the stipulated times, usually by midnight at the latest, and not taking liberties or flouting the rules. Players who failed to answer calls and could not provide an adequate explanation as to why were invariably fined. The Catalan has yet to set out a policy for City s pre-match routine at Bayern he initially had players stay in a hotel before games as they had always done before changing the set-up to allow them to relax at home the night before fixtures at the Allianz Arena but the measures are expected to be introduced in Manchester at some point.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Revolution Continues With Eve-of-match Hotel Stays Scrapped City signed Leroy Sane for 37m on Tuesday Credit: AP

City who completed the 37 million signing of Germany winger, Leroy Sane, from Schalke on a five-year deal on Tuesday 1– used to stay overnight at the Radisson Edwardian or Hilton hotel in Manchester city centre before home games. But since the end of 2014 they have mostly been sleeping at the club s CFA training base, which has accommodation for the entire first team squad.

Sleep experts were brought in to design the d cor in the CFA s four-star rooms, which are complete with en-suite bathrooms and king-sized beds. It is tradition for most top flight clubs across Europe s major leagues to get together the night before games. Xavi, the former Barcelona midfielder, credits Guardiola s decision to let players stay at home the night before games at the Nou Camp with having a liberating effect on the team, even if it felt odd to begin with.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Revolution Continues With Eve-of-match Hotel Stays Scrapped Xavi, right, says Guardiola’s decision to let them stay at home had a liberating effect on the team Credit: GETTY

For me, two of the most important novelties were the move to the training ground and getting rid of the hotel meetings, Xavi said in Guillem Balague s biography Pep Guardiola: Another Way Of Winning . I wasn t used to being at home for a couple of hours before the match and at first it was very strange for me.

I felt like I wasn t well prepared. It felt like I was too switched off.

I even thought that fate would punish me with a bad game for not giving 100 per cent of my time to it beforehand. But I soon realised that, with these new rules, I would also benefit. Thinking too much can put too much pressure on you; this turns into nerves and I have learnt to analyse what is really important. Minimising the meetings reduces our stress levels all year round.

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Guardiola has wasted little time implementing changes at City. Midfielder Samir Nasri is one of a handful of players who have been barred from training with the first team squad after being categorised as overweight2 and various foods and drinks have been banned. Other policies, similar to those he put in place at Barcelona and Bayern, are likely to be introduced, too, such as instructing players to sign in an hour before training and having a sliding scale of fines for turning up late for training or breaching other rules.

Meanwhile, City s efforts to finalise the 26 million signing of Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras3 are being held up by the Brazil Under-23 striker s involvement at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

There have been suggestions in Spain that Barcelona have not given up hope of hijacking the deal at the eleventh hour and are keen for Neymar to try to sweet-talk his compatriot into moving to the Nou Camp instead but City remain optimistic of completing a deal for the 19-year-old.

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References

  1. ^ who completed the 37 million signing of Germany winger, Leroy Sane, from Schalke on a five-year deal on Tuesday (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ Midfielder Samir Nasri is one of a handful of players who have been barred from training with the first team squad after being categorised as overweight (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras (www.discountholidays.info)
  4. ^ Guardiola’s City changes and others that may follow | James Ducker (cf-particle-html.eip.discountholidays.info)

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