Ruthless Guardiola reckons some of his
pampered players have piled on the
pounds and has ordered them to shape
up.
Guardiola has also banned sugary drinks,
pizza and other high-fat foods to get
tough on his millionaire stars and make
sure they are fighting fit ahead of the new
season.
Full-back Gael Clichy said: “On the field,
off the field, every detail counts.
“For example, you often hear managers
say being healthy is really important. But
with him, if you’re weight is too high,
you’re not training with the team.
“That is the first thing. You can hear it a
lot, but for my part it’s the first time any
manager has really done it.
“So we have a few players who are not
training with the team yet. We play
football and it’s a job and you have to
take responsibility for what you do on the
field.
“Of course you have quality, but you have
to know that if your weight is 60 kilos and
you are on 70 kilos then you cannot play
football because you’re going to get
injured and get your team in trouble.
That’s important.
“He has cut out some juice and, of course
pizza, and all the heavy food is not
allowed. Some people might think that’s
normal, it should be like this, but in truth
it’s not always like this – and I know
because I’ve been playing football for a
long time.
“It’s really refreshing and very exciting.
You don’t have success without being
focused on details.”
Ex-Arsenal star Clichy reckons the former
Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss will
revolutionise the club – just like Arsene
Wenger did with the Gunners.
He added: “I’ve been lucky because I’ve
trained only a few weeks with Guardiola
and I was eight years with Wenger. There
are a lot of similarities between the two.
“It’s a step forward. Wenger, years ago,
brought something back into English
football from where ever he had been and
changed the way people saw football.
“I guess the two of them are just great
managers. Every manager has their own
philosophy and for sure he’s coming with
his own ideas and it’s quite refreshing for
us.”

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