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Soccer coaching legend cuts off Wi-Fi for players

Technically Incorrect: Pep Guardiola, coach of England's Manchester City, wants his players to actually interact.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Coach Pep Guardiola: The internet is a no-no.

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Professional sportspeople live in their own exalted worlds.

They have their own agents, managers, lawyers and, of course, their own Twitter accounts.

They therefore have some of the same interpersonal issues as the lower levels of humanity. For instance, they may not be so inclined to talk to each other in person anymore.

Pep Guardiola, coach of English Premier League club Manchester City, wants to turn back time and turn off the tech.

As Argentina's TyC Sports reports, he's ordered the Wi-Fi switched off at Manchester City's Etihad Campus training facility.

This revelation came courtesy of one of his defenders (in the positional sense), Pablo Zabaleta.

Zabaleta told TyC: "He forces us to have breakfast and lunch together at the club. The internet is cut off; we are held incommunicado."

Well, you're not exactly incommunicado when you can talk to your fellow defenders and even an erudite midfielder or two.

Still, Zabaleta is extremely pained. "We don't even have 3G," he said. Oh my.

Manchester City didn't respond to a request for comment on this radical life adjustment.

Guardiola is perhaps the world's most famous coach, having helmed both Barcelona and Bayern Munich before arriving at the remarkably munificent Manchester City.

Though he's known as a tactical genius, he also has a reputation of not tolerating those who disagree with him.

The idea that he wants players to talk to each other might seem positively quaint. Zabaleta, perhaps being politically astute, explained that working with Guardiola, "You learn a lot, most of all about the way you should live."

In essence, then, if you want to be one of the greats in your field, turn off the Wi-Fi at work and start bonding with your co-workers.

Wait, that would never work in Silicon Valley.