Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has seemingly sent his players a warning after reportedly dropping two stars for the team's 4-0 win over Newcastle United due to their off-field behaviour.
The Spanish coach has earned a reputation for being a bit of a disciplinarian throughout his trophy-laden career as a manager, and showed this no-nonsense approach at Barcelona when he parted ways with Ronaldinho and Deco after they reportedly turned up for training while still intoxicated from the night before.
Ahead of the Citizens' clash with the Magpies on Sunday, Guardiola seemingly had to lay down the law once again after Phil Foden and Jack Grealish turned up for training in a manner that was deemed not to be "the correct condition", according to the Daily Mail.
The team had reportedly been given time off to unwind after their seven-goal victory over Leeds United last Tuesday, while the 50-year-old tactician went to Barcelona to attend Sergio Aguero's press conference in which the striker announced his retirement from professional football.
However, the duo's condition was reportedly singled out by the club's backroom staff the next day, when Guardiola was not in attendance for training.
After securing a comfortable win over the Tyneside club on Sunday, the head coach was asked about Foden and Grealish's omission from the starting line-up for the fixture, and he explained that their "behaviour” led to them missing out in what appeared to be a warning to the club's other players.
"Not rotation, no," he said, per Daily Mail.
"I decided this team because they deserved to play – these guys and not the other ones.
"At Christmas time I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch.
"And when (behaviour) off the pitch is not proper, they are not going to play.
"So we have to be focused all the time because of distractions at Christmas time and everything that happens – you still have to be focused."
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