Pep Guardiola denies issuing late night sex ban at Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has denied Manchester City's players are banned from having sex after midnight.
Loaned-out midfielder Samir Nasri this week suggested Guardiola had told his squad to abstain from such intimate activity in the small hours.
But the City boss has not only dismissed the Frenchman's claims, but said he would even encourage more sex.
Guardiola said: "It's impossible to play good football if you don't make sex with your partner! I never did that (ban it) and I would never ban that. If you are doing it... better players!"
Since Guardiola took charge in the summer stories have emerged, via players, of a number of bans being imposed on the squad.
Pizza, fruit juice and wifi, in certain parts of the training complex, are now reportedly off-limits at certain times.
Nasri, who was told he was overweight in the summer and had a spell training away from the first team before joining Sevilla on loan, this week appeared to have added to the list.
He told L'Equipe du Soir: "On a free day he says, 'Those who want to have relations, it's before midnight because you must have a good night's sleep'."
Nasri went on to claim former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola had previously had success with such a policy with Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.