Pep Guardiola is attempting to keep his Manchester City players focused for their title defence and has imposed a ban on mobile phones in all working spaces at the City Football Academy, the Daily Mail reports.
No team has managed to retain the Premier League title in a decade and Guardiola is determined to try and change that, with absolute focus from his talented group of players necessary in the hard season ahead.
While Pep does allow his players to have their phones in the City dressing room, they have now been barred from analysis sessions, team meetings, the gym and training pitches at the CFA.
Anyone found to have a mobile phone in one of the ‘no-go’ areas will be fined, with a flat fee agreed upon that makes a player’s seniority in the squad or how much they earn irrelevant.
Guardiola has said regularly that there will be no repeat of last season’s dominance and that City can expect a tougher fight domestically this year, while also continuing their hunt for an elusive Champions League. And by removing distractions from designated working spaces, the City boss believes it will increase the focus of his players.
Fan favourite Benjamin Mendy has been particularly active on social media, and Pep recently said the Frenchman needed to ‘forget’ social media a little and improve.
“Mendy is Mendy,” said Guardiola. “Sometimes we want to kill him and sometimes you think wow what a player we have.
“He gives us energy. Mendy has a lot of things to improve and hopefully we can convince him to forget a little bit the social media and improve a few things.”
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