Pep Guardiola has moved to boost morale among his Manchester City squad ahead of Saturday's crucial Premier League clash against Spurs by taking his players on a team bonding trip - to the cinema.
The City manager and his players watched 'La La Land', the critically acclaimed romantic musical, in Manchester yesterday.
The film, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, follows a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles and won Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) at this month's Golden Globe awards.
Witnesses at the city centre Printworks Cinema were surprised to see Guardiola and his squad arrive en masse to watch the film yesterday afternoon.
City's players had trained as normal in the morning but Guardiola - who favoured team-bonding exercises at Barcelona and Bayern Munich - felt a light-hearted group outing would be a good move after the 4-0 capitulation at Everton on Sunday. It is not the first time he has taken his players out this season.
The Spaniard arranged for the squad to have a night out after their EFL Cup tie away to Swansea City in September when they stayed in South Wales. City then won their league match against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium a couple of days later.
Guardiola will hope his latest attempt at strengthening dressing-room relations will have a similarly positive effect on results with an in-form Spurs, who are second, presenting a big challenge at the Etihad Stadium.
He will hope for an added boost ahead of the match on Saturday, with City hopeful that new signing Gabriel Jesus will be cleared to make his debut. (© Daily Telegraph, London)