IN­SIDE: CUETO – SHARKS ARE READY FOR 2020 P55

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

CITY play­ers missed last night’s club Christ­mas party – to avoid an­other fes­tive crash.

The Blues lost suc­ces­sive games against Crys­tal Palace and Le­ices­ter last year, within a week of at­tend­ing the big staff bash.

So man­ager Pep Guardi­ola de­cided to im­pose a curfew this year, af­ter the Blues slumped to a shock 3-2 home de­feat by

Palace just two days af­ter they par­tied along with staff from other de­part­ments at the Great North­ern Ware­house.

Some play­ers car­ried on the rev­elry at the Chi­nawhite night­club, stay­ing well into the early hours.

Guardi­ola is be­lieved to have been un­happy that some were clearly feel­ing the ef­fects of their night out at train­ing the next day. But af­ter re­turn­ing home from their 4-1 Cham­pi­ons League win at Di­namo Za­greb, the de­ci­sion has been taken that play­ers will not at­tend.

Guardi­ola met with his coach­ing staff ear­lier this year and they de­cided that the squad would be al­lowed to at­tend this year’s event – but would be told to go home early. But with a crunch trip to Ar­se­nal just three days away, the play­ers will stay away en­tirely.

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