Nicolas Otamendi claims that the cohesive atmosphere Pep Guardiola has fostered at Manchester City is translating into success this season.
The Sky Blues sit top of the Premier League table, two points clear of their neighbours Manchester United and with an astonishing 29 goals scored from eight matches.
Otamendi says that behind the outstanding football, however, is a work ethic imposed by Guardiola that is dedicated to fitness and communication between teammates.
“After the match we are obliged to eat together. Nutrition and rest are important because we play continuously,” he told Argentina’s Fox Sport Radio.
“Guardiola is quite picky with diet and not only that – he tells us that we all have to learn English. This is because team meetings are in this language, and in December I have an exam.
“Guardiola does all these things so that we can perform in the best possible way. These things help the team function.”
Beyond the pitch, Otamendi says that the Spanish manager builds personal relationships with his players which makes them feel more inclusive at the club.
“He is omnipresent, and not only for football. He always asks how things are going with our family and everything else,” he added.