Pep Guardiola has made it blatantly clear to his Manchester City players that being overweight isn’t allowed.
The City boss doesn’t want his players eating pizza, among other “heavy food”, and will not allow them to train if they are overweight.
According to the Daily Mail, Samir Nasri has been banished from training. Guardiola needs his players in peak physical condition to carry out his intense tactical demands and the Frenchman is the first to feel the Catalan’s wrath.
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So it’ll be interesting to see how he deals with Sergio Aguero.
A picture has emerged of the Argentine appearing a little chubby during a training session. Aguero has a rather stocky figure, but the image, which you can see below, shows clear weight gain.
Aguero looks overweight
By comparison, here’s Aguero during a game in 2015. There’s a noticeable difference.
It’s interesting because Aguero is City’s best player. Can Guardiola really afford to keep his star man out of training, with the new Premier League season just weeks away?
Probably not, which will make Nasri all the more unhappy that he’s been banished.
City supporters are rather concerned at the picture.
To be fair to Aguero, you can understand why his weight would spiral. He was afforded no rest after last season, immediately joining Argentina’s national team camp to take part in the Copa America Centenario.
Argentina reached the final of the tournament, meaning Aguero received the minimum break possible.
So during the summer, the last thing the 27-year-old probably wanted to do was yet more running.
However, Guardiola has made his requirements clear and so Aguero might be receiving a phone call from his new boss in the coming days.
“They are not overweight, but I want my players fit," Guardiola, who replaced Manuel Pellegrini, recently said, per BBC Sport.
"The weight is so important. When you are not fit, danger is coming. You're not fast enough or quick enough in the head. That's why you need to be fit."
Demanding season ahead
City’s players are quickly finding out why Barcelona and Bayern Munich were successful under Guardiola. He’s a great tactician but he also understands the importance of conditioning, which is hugely important considering the task ahead.
A 38-game Premier League season will coincide with the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup. If City wish to win them all, they’re going to have to be incredibly fit.
This is something that Gael Clichy fully understands.
"If your weight is too high, you're not training with the team,” the City left back said, per BBC Sport. “You have to know that if your weight is 60 kilos and you are on 70 kilos, then you cannot play football.”