- Pep Guardiola got the best out of Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski by banning them from having sex after midnight
- According to loaned Man City star Samir Nasri, it prevents muscular injuries which players suffer at the end of the season
Per Guardiola does a lot of things to get his players focused and in prime condition from banning the internet, banning pasta from the club canteen and having triple training sessions per day.
But none of that comes close to having to ban players from having sex with their partners after midnight.
Isn't that like the best time to have sex?
According to Sevilla star Samir Nasri Guardiola tells his players to have relationships before midnight as he considers rest very vital for his players.
Nasri left Manchester City to join Sevilla on loan in August after managing just 15 minutes of Premier League football under the new manager at the Etihad Stadium.
"Relations must be before midnight. Even if you have a free day the following day," Nasri told L'Equipe du Soir when asked for one of Guardiola's secrets for getting the maximum from his stars.
"It's so you can have a good night's sleep.
"He told us this is how he managed to get the best out of Messi and Lewandowski, and for them to avoid the maximum number of muscular injuries."
The 29-year-old also spoke about the Catalan coach's equally strict dietary guidelines.
"He suppressed many things that were in the kitchen," Nasri said.
"With Guardiola, on the first day of training, you know how you should play, how to squeeze and also how to stand off the ball. The next day, you have videos for everything that you have to do.
"He will not bully you, but he will do everything to make you progress, to get you to know you how to position yourself and how to play. He's a picky person."
City enjoyed a stunning start to the campaign, winning all 10 of their opening matches, and a recent dip in form was offset somewhat by a convincing 3-1 victory over Barca in the Champions League.
They resume their domestic campaign with a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.