Pep Guardiola and Leo Messi
Samir Nasri says Pep Guardiola's secret to getting the best from his players is to prohibit them from having s*x after midnight.
The Frenchman opened up about some of the Manchester City manager's more unusual rules, revealing how important it is that his players get a good night's sleep.
According to Nasri who was once tipped to be the next football legend, Zinedine Zidane, instilling s*xual discipline on players like Leo Messi of Barcelona and Robert Lewandoski helped to boost the form of the players who were outstanding during his spells at their club sides.
It would be recalled that 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.
Although the former Arsenal star spent little time working with the ex-Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss, there was one clear instruction issued to the squad that he has not forgotten.
"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, who was deemed overweight by Guardiola upon his return for pre-season training, also hinted at the Catalan coach's equally strict dietary guidelines.
"He suppressed many things that were in the kitchen," Nasri said.
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