By Adebayo Williams
Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players that there will be no place for overweight players in his squad. The Spaniard has since banned sugary drinks and pizza from the menu at the training complex. He warned that any player who adds weight will be banished to train with the reserves or on their own. French defender, Gael Clichy has said that some of the team’s players have not been training with the team as a result.
“On the field, outside the field, every detail counts,” said the French full-back.
“For example, you often hear managers say being healthy is reallyhim, if you’re weight is too high, you’re not training with the team.
“That’s the first thing and 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 aren’t training with the team yet.
“We play football. 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 [ideal] weight is 60 kilos and you’re 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’s cut out some juice and, of course, pizza. And all the heavy food is not allowed.
“Some people think, ‘That’s normal. It should be like this’ but in truth it’s not always like this. I know, because I’ve been playing football for a long time.
“It’s really refreshing and very exciting.
“All those details are not going to make us win the league, the Champions League, the FA Cup or the Capital One Cup, but we’re going to go in the right direction to try hard to compete for these competitions.”
Manchester City will play city rivals’ slayers, Borussia Dortmund in Shenzhen on Thursday.