The reason Manchester City's Etihad stadium smells of garlic

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Have you ever wondered why the Etihad stadium smells of garlic?

Probably not, but there is a very good explanation.

A lot has changed at Manchester City over the past few years.


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City are no longer the team they once were, in the best possible way, having been transformed by Sheikh Mansour into one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.

With Pep Guardiola now in the hot seat, progress is set to continue apace, but there is still one question on everyone's lips, a question so great it threatens to distract from the wondrous football of Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, and co.

After the 4-0 thrashing of Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League, a distinct smell of garlic reigned over the Etihad. "Why?" we hear you ask.

Here's the reason 

It's not some bizarre act of superstition to keep the vampires away, or a feeble attempt to put off visiting teams. City have in fact started spraying garlic on the pitch to protect it from parasites which could infect the grass and eat the roots, reports the Daily Mail.

The downside, of course, is that the Etihad now reeks of the substance. They do say the Sky Blues are stinking rich.

The same procedure is also applied to all the pitches at their multi-million pound training complex, the City Football Academy, to fumigate the grass.

One of the great football mysteries has thereby been solved. Unfortunately for the club's employees, though, this is a regular occurrence, even if it wasn't carried out until after the fans had left the ground following the Monchengladbach game.

City impressive 

City looked on fire in their Champions League opener, with Aguero finding the onion bag three times, Kelechi Iheanacho also getting himself on the scoresheet in injury time. 

The pitch had been the subject of much attention anyway, since the original game had been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

The storm didn't seem to wash away the garlic, though, so there's no chance of the aroma letting up anytime soon.

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