Coach Pep Guardiola bans junk food as new boss sends message to Man City’s overweight stars


Pep Guardiola has banned his players from eating pizza and barred anyone who is categorised as overweight from training with the squad as the new Manchester City manager wastes no time imposing his exacting methods.

Guardiola has been quick to impose the strict discipline which served him well at Barcelona and Bayern Munich as he seeks to make sure his players are fit for the new season. The Frenchman told several national newspapers: "If your weight is too high, you're not training with the team.

You hear it a lot but, for my part, it's the first time any manager has really done it. And we have a few players who are not training with the team yet. "You have to know that if your weight is 60 kilos and you are on 70 kilos, then you cannot play football."

Clichy added: "He cut out some juice and, of course, pizza and all the heavy food is not allowed. "Some people think that's normal 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."

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Clichy believes City's attackers will enjoy themselves a lot more than opposition defences in 2016/17. He added: "He said if he [Guardiola] could play 11 midfielders, he would play them. So I guess for a midfielder it's unbelievable.

"And the strikers are going to score a lot of goals because we are going to create chances." City, who kick off their Premier League campaign on August 13 with a home match against Sunderland, are currently in China. They have a match against Borussia Dortmund lined up for Thursday.

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