With the Carabao Cup winners’ Champions League quarter-final at Spurs tomorrow,Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola wants his title chasers to stay booze-free, also banned his players from taking alcohol during the Premier League title run-in.
Pep speaking to reporters after City qualified for the FA Cup final, revealed there was “not one drop” of celebration for his players.
It’s really good but we don’t have too much time to tell ourselves ‘Oh, it’s so good. How nice is everything’.
“The only focus right now is: Don’t drink one drop of beer or alc*hol. Rest, eat good, regeneration the day after tomorrow and prepare the game against one of the best teams in all terms in the Premier League and Europe when they had six days to prepare and we had two-and-a-half.
“Yeah, we won 22 of the last 23 so it’s not bad. Of course, if we want to be in contention in all competitions you have to make this kind of numbers. It’s the same with Liverpool in the Premier League.”
Guardiola says Tuesday’s game will be a completely different affair, and expects his side to raise their game in a competition in which the stakes could not be higher.
“I don’t know how fresh we are,” he said. “I never know before the game how fresh our legs and mind are.
The mind controls the legs. In the semi-final we could be better but it’s happened.