Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stopped his players from using wireless internet at the club’s training grounds.
Guardiola, 45, has arranged for certain areas of the City Football Academy to be free from 3G signal and disconnected from the in-house Wi-Fi system.
City player Pablo Zabaleta said that the move was made to foster face-to-face communication and a greater team spirit.
“He forces us to have breakfast and lunch together at the club. The internet is cut off, we are held incommunicado,” he said.
“We don’t even use 3G.”
However, the 31-year-old Argentinian remained supportive of his new manager, having enjoyed resurgence under the Spaniard’s leadership.
“You always want and dream to be trained by the best coaches, and today I have the opportunity to work with one of the best,” Zabaleta explained.
“Actually, you learn a lot, especially the way you live it. Beyond knowledge, his passion for football.”
Other significant changes made by Guardiola thus far include the banning of pizza after matches, with players now snacking on nuts. Guardiola has also instructed the squad to eat together at the Etihad Stadium following home games.
In addition, his squad no longer has to stay at the CFA before home matches and if any are deemed overweight they will be forced to train away from the first-team squad, as Samir Nasri had to do during pre-season.