Sevilla’s on-loan Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has detailed the strictness of Pep Guardiola’s reign at the Etihad Stadium, revealing his rules extend to curfews on the sex lives of his players.
The Frenchman has thrived in La Liga since making the switch following a tough time at City in recent seasons. Indeed, during pre-season Guardiola publicly revealed that Nasri was a “little overweight,” per Jack Wilkinson of Sky Sports.
Speaking of his short time working with the coach, Nasri detailed the extraordinary lengths he’d go to ensure his players are in impeccable condition.
“For him, his players' sexual activity must take place before midnight in order to get a good night's sleep,” the playmaker told L’Equipe du Soir (h/t Eurosport). “Even if they are free tomorrow. He said that he placed this rule on (Lionel) Messi and his muscles improved since.”
Additionally, Nasri also revealed that Guardiola didn’t sugarcoat things during their time on the training pitch together:
Guardiola told me that I was a mess, he told me several times and even kicked me in the butt, literally. When I returned from holiday having had a year with injury problems and personal life problems, I was a little out of shape. Not as much as what was said but a few, four kilos overweight; for Guardiola, over two-and-a-half kilos and you do not you train with the group.
Nasri’s move to Sevilla has seen him work under another disciplinarian in Jorge Sampaoli and so far this season it’s a switch that looks like it could rekindle the 29-year-old’s very best form.
With the Andalusian side he’s been used in various different positions, notching a couple of goals and an assist in eight appearances. Per Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague, Nasri seems to have rediscovered his love for the game again with Sevilla:
Although Guardiola took a hard stance with Nasri, the former Arsenal man also hinted that he could still have a future working with the manager at City.
“We had some discussions, he wanted me to stay and play for him,” he revealed. “I told him no, because he couldn’t assure me a first-team place, I wanted to play. He told me he thought I was making a mistake, but I still have a two-year contract.”
Nasri joined City in 2011 and was key to the club winning two Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014. On either flank or behind a centre-forward his dribbling ability, incisive passing and penchant for important goals made him a vital man at the Etihad Stadium.
However, a succession of injury problems has seen his stock fall significantly in recent seasons. Indeed, he made just four starts in 2015-16 in the Premier League, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling moving ahead of him in the pecking order under former boss Manuel Pellegrini.