Pablo Zabaleta reveals bizarre rule Pep Guardiola has enforced at Man City

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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City revolution hit a stumbling block over the weekend as the Spaniard suffered his first defeat in charge of the Premier League club at the hands of Tottenham.

However, there is no doubt that the Citizens have looked impressive under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss en route to the top of the table.

Part of that success - alongside tactical adaptations and strong transfer business - has been put down to Guardiola's infamously strict rules that he enforces on every squad under his guidance. And, now, City star Pablo Zabaleta has revealed one strange example of Guardiola's authoritarian ways.

Speaking in an interview with TyC Sports in his native Argentina, via AS, the veteran full-back explained how Pep makes sure the City squad give each other the time of day.

"He forces us to have breakfast and lunch together at the club," Zabaleta said.

"The internet is cut off, we are held incommunicado. Even 3G doesn’t work for us."

We've heard before about Guardiola's strict regime, including the banning of certain foods and an obsession with discipline and nutrition.

Cutting off dozens of millionaire footballers from the outside world, though, is taking things to another level.

Unlike in other situations where his man-management style has come in for criticism from the likes of Frank Ribery at Bayern Munich, it doesn't look to have caused too many issues within the City squad - aside from Yaya Toure of course.

Indeed, the players, including Zabaleta, continue to wax lyrical about playing under such a respected manager.

In the same interview, the Man City right-back showed his gratitude at being able to learn from, and play for, Guardiola.

"I always dream of being trained by the best coaches, and today I have the opportunity to work with one of the best.

"You really learn a lot about the way he lives. beyond the knowledge, the passion with which he lives football," he said.

Despite their recent setbacks against Celtic and Spurs, there is no doubt that Guardiola is having a positive impact at City.

At times this season, the Manchester club have looked unstoppable and you'd be hard pressed to find too many people backing them for anything less than a third Premier League title this season.

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