Monday 26 February 2018

Sergio Aguero reveals reason Pep Guardiola switched off Wi-Fi at Man City training ground

Pep Guardiola has been quick to enforce his own stamp on Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has been quick to enforce his own stamp on Manchester City

James Ducker

Sergio Aguero has revealed that Pep Guardiola switched off the Wi-Fi at Manchester City’s training ground after the manager discovered one of his players using his mobile phone while he was having a massage.

Guardiola is eager for his players to communicate with each other face-to-face and in a bid to help foster team spirit he took the unusual step earlier this season of blocking the internet in some areas of the club’s £200 million City Football Academy (CFA).

And now City striker Aguero has lifted the lid on the incident that triggered Guardiola’s decision to turn off the Wi-fi in the dressing room, massage room and pool area at the CFA, which also has no 3G or 4G access in the lower ground areas where most of the first team’s facilities are housed.

“It seems that one time, he entered the massage rooms and saw one of my team-mates, I don’t know who it was, relaxing with his phone and, I don’t know, maybe he did not like it. From then, he cut the internet,” Aguero said.

“I didn’t know anything about it. ‘What happened? We don’t have the internet here,’ I said. In the dressing room, where everything is all closed [off], there is no signal. Therefore one can only use the Wi-Fi. I said: ‘Is the Wi-Fi broken? What happened?’

“In this place I am preparing the orange juice, and they [Aguero’s City team-mates] were asking if the internet was working. ‘I think it’s broken,’ I said. I thought they were messing with me but it was right. He had cut the internet.

“In the changing room, massage room and pool we don’t have the internet. Upstairs there is a little bit of 3G.”

Agüero also revealed that Guardiola, whose team face Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, mainly converses in English and is encouraging others to do likewise.

“He speaks in English and to the new ones, like Nolito, he speaks Spanish, but sometimes he mixes in a bit of German because he speaks German very well. He speaks to us all in English,” Aguero said.

Aguero had taken a risk by playing for Argentina in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Paraguay in Cordoba on Tuesday, when the striker missed a penalty, despite suffering an injury scare last week.

Aguero has admitted he has played for Argentina against his better judgement when not fully fit in the past and suffered injury as a consequence so Guardiola will be relieved to discover his leading goalscorer emerged unscathed from Tuesday’s game ahead of a crucial run of fixtures. After Everton, City face Barcelona in the Champions League next Wednesday.

Argentina’s surprise defeat has left them facing a growing battle to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. Argentina are fifth having taken just 16 points from 10 qualifying matches, leaving them five points adrift of group leaders Brazil and trailing Uruguay, Ecuador and Colombia.

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