Pep Guardiola Has Strict Rules When It Comes To Sex And Football

The Manchester City manager has enjoyed notable success in Spain and Germany.

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The secret to Pep Guardiola’s success as a manager may lie not only in his approach to the beautiful game but also his approach to sex.

A multiple title winner in Spain and Germany with Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively, the two-time Champions League winning coach is currently in the midst of a major overhaul of Premier League giants Manchester City.

One of the major casualties of that revolution is Samir Nasri, who was sent out on loan to Sevilla after struggling for game time under Guardiola.

Now, speaking in an interview with L’Equipe, the Frenchman has lifted the lid on life behind the scenes with the Barca icon and may have even revealed one of the key secrets to his success as a manager – a sex ban.

According to Nasri, one of Guardiola’s first acts as Manchester City manager was to ban every player from having sex after midnight – regardless of whether they had the next day off.

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According to Nasri, one of Guardiola’s first acts as Manchester City manager was to ban every player from having sex after midnight – regardless of whether they had the next day off.

Though shocking enough at the time, however, Nasri soon discovered that the policy had previously been in place at Barcelona and Bayern, with Guardiola subsequently enjoying notable success with both clubs.

More importantly, it was put in place with one notable benefit in mind – better recovery times.

“Relations must be before midnight. Even if you have a free day the following day”

“Relations must be before midnight. Even if you have a free day the following day… it’s so you can have a good night’s sleep,” he said.

“He 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.”

The idea of mixing football and sex has long been discussed in relation to the beautiful game.

Back in 2010, England manager Fabio Capello slapped his Three Lions squad with a sex ban for the duration of the World Cup in South Africa.

England subsequently exited the tournament in the second round, following a 4-1 shellacking at the hands of Germany.

Manchester City fans, you have been warned.

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