Pep Guardiola’s secret to getting the best out of Lionel Messi is to stop the Barcelona star from having sex before midnight, according to Samir Nasri.
Nasri only spent pre-season with Guardiola at Manchester City before he was sent out on loan to Sevilla for the remainder of the campaign.
But the midfielder has revealed how City’s new manager quickly imposed a strict sex ban on his players in an effort to aid their recuperation.
‘For him, his players’ sexual activity must take place before midnight in order to get a good night sleep – even if they are free tomorrow,’ Nasri told L’Equipe du Soir.
‘He told us this is how he managed to get the best out of Messi and [Robert] Lewandowski, and for them to avoid the maximum number of muscular injuries.’
during the Super Cup second leg match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Nou Camp on August 17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
Nasri was excluded from the start of City’s pre-season campaign after returning from holiday overweight, and the Frenchman admits Guardiola wanted him to stay at the club once he got back in shape.
‘Guardiola told me that I was a mess, he told me several times and even kicked me in the butt, literally,’ he said.
Guardiola told me with your qualities you should not be at Manchester City, you should be at Barcelona.
‘We had some discussions, he wanted me to stay and play for him. 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.’