The former Man City star is blasting Pep Guardiola’s ruthless ‘two kilogram rule’ at the Etihad amid his strict policy of sending off overweight players… after previously punishing Sergio Aguero and Kalvin Phillips.

The former Man City player has shed light on Pep Guardiola’s strict weight policy at the Etihad – claiming he has a two kilogram rule to decide if a player is too overweight to train with the squad.

Guardiola is notorious for sacking players who return to his squad overweight – Sergio Aguero and Kalvin Phillips have breached his rules in the past.

The Spaniard – who has won 37 trophies during his glittering managerial career, but part of that success is discipline and ensuring his players perform to the highest possible standards.

And while players may not be medically overweight, Guardiola is said to punish players who weigh two kilograms more than what he says is their «maximum» weight.

That’s according to the former France international, who played for City between 2011 and 2017 – his last season being Guardiola’s first at the club.

Former Man City star sheds light on Pep Guardiola’s ruthless weight policy at the Etihad

Sergio Aguero (left) and Kalvin Phillips (right) broke Guardiola’s strict policy

Former left-back Gael Clichy has revealed how Guardiola has a two-kilogram rule to decide if a player is overweight

Former left-back Gael Clichy said Guardiola’s two-weight rule was one of the main things that stood out when he first arrived.

«If you weighed two pounds more than what he thought was your maximum weight, you weren’t working out,» Marce said.

‘In football you always hear coaches say, ‘If you’re overweight, you don’t train.’ Ultimately, when it comes to an important player, the norm is swept under the rug because they need that player.

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«With Pep Guardiola, if you were two kilos over the weight you should have been after the hard work and proper nutrition in pre-season, you weren’t training. I saw players who didn’t train for two weeks.»

Guardiola has already laid down the law for two high-profile players at City in the past – Aguero and Phillips – with the former recalling that his manager admitted he let him go because he «got fat».

«If your ideal weight is 79-80 kg and you were 80 kilos and 100 grams, you would be fined and not play,» Aguero said.

Clichy – who played one season under Spain – said he once saw a player miss training for two weeks after breaking Guardiola’s rules.


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‘But it can happen! For example, if you come across a small piece of chicken, you will have 50 grams more!”

«Well, we were between four and three in the first season and he said, ‘I left you out because you got fat this week.’ And what was I going to say? He was right…these things happen.

“He said it in a good way. And at that time I didn’t have his trust. But I always had a lot of respect for the coaches…”

Guardiola also left out England international Phillips as he returned from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in form.

«He is not injured – he came overweight,» said Guardiola. ‘I do not know why). He didn’t arrive in a condition to train and play.»

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