Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players they face being frozen out of the first team if they do not get into shape.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach is taking his no-nonsense approach with him to the Premier League title hopefuls.
He’s already banned pizza and junk food at the club – and warned his stars who don’t toe the line that “danger is coming”.
The strict regime has made a good impression with French full-back Gael Clichy.
“He cut out some juice and pizza and all the heavy food is not allowed,” he told reporters.
“Some people think, ‘That’s normal, it should be like this.’ But in truth it’s not always like this and I know because I’ve been playing football for a long time. It’s really refreshing and very exciting.
“On the field, outside the field, every detail counts.
“For example, you often hear managers say being healthy is really important.
“With him, if your weight is too high, you’re not training with the team.
“That is the first thing and you can hear it a lot, but for my part it’s the first time any manager has really done it. So we have a few players who are not training with the team yet.”
The Manchester City boss explained why the ban on heavy foods was important.
“They were not overweight but I want my players fit,” he said.
“For me, the weight is so, so important. We need to run, to fight, to jump – to have the ball. After three days, then another three days, then another three days.
“When you are not fit and your weight is not proper, danger is coming. They are not fast enough – that’s why I want my players to be absolutely fit.”