Five managers who banned sex from Guardiola to Low – and how it turned out

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Football tactics have developed to the extreme in recent years with clubs employing analysts for virtually every area of the game.

Managers will scour through hours of footage in order to gain an edge over their opponents or figure out where they need to adapt their tactics.

Set piece coaches and thrown-in specialists are the latest fad in club's attempts to progress to the next level.

But sometimes even the greatest managers in the world place their focus on what happens in the bedroom rather than on the pitch.

Banning sex has sometimes been a popular strategy in the search for success. Daily Star Sport is taking a look at five managers who have done just that and seeing what good, if any, it did them.

Fabio Capello

Capello arrived as England manager in 2007 with a fabulous CV having won a hatful of titles and cups in European club football.

But it was his first role in charge of an international team and clearly he felt a different approach was needed to succeed.

Ahead of the 2010 World Cup he restricted the whole England squad to prevent them from getting 'distracted'.

It had the complete opposite effect on goalkeeper Rob Green who fumbled Clint Dempsey's shot which led to a 1-1 draw with the USA.

Capello could've done with extending it to the tournament's officials, though, because then they might have seen Frank Lampard's goal against Germany and the Three Lions may have not been knocked out in the round of 16.

Hernan Dario Gomez

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Gomez led Panama to their first ever World Cup at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

He took the occasion very seriously, pulling out all the stops to give the minnows a fighting chance, including the sex ban.

Defender Harold Cummings revealed: "We had restrictions placed on us, as do all national teams – and a ban on having sex is one of ours."

To probably no one's surprise, it didn't help out much. Panama lost all three group games, conceding 11 goals. Gomez may well credit the two they scored to their lack of sexual activity, though.

Miguel Herrera

Herrera played 14 times for Mexico during his playing career but cruelly missed out on their 1994 World Cup squad.

So when he got the chance to lead his nation into the competition as a manager in 2014 he seemingly took out his pent up frustration on his squad.

He not only banned sex, but also forbid drinking and eating red meat.

Herrera told Mexican newspaper Reforma: “If a player cannot endure a month or 20 days without having intercourse, then you are not prepared to be a professional. Let’s play a World Cup, we’re not going to a party.”

There was definitely no fiesta for Mexico. They fell out of the tournament at the last 16 stage following a late Netherlands double, including a dubious penalty.

Joachim Low

Former Germany boss Joachim Low has clearly never heard of the phrase 'if it isn't broke, don't fix it'.

He'd led his nation to World Cup glory in 2014 and was looking to retain the crown four years later.

But he reportedly decided to ban his players from having sexual intercourse in Russia. In fact, he stopped them from seeing their families altogether.

He arguably got what he deserved when the Germans crashed out in the group stage. They even lost to Gomez's Mexico who took the win in the battle of the sex-banners.

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola is renowned as one of football's greatest ever minds.

He understands the finer details of the beautiful game like no other – but this one is a bit strange.

Former Man City player Samir Nasri exposed to L’Equipe that one of Guardiola's first acts in charge was to ban players having sex after midnight.

You can't argue his success at City, but you do have to question the integrity of this sex ban.

Unless Pep is popping round to tuck his players in at night, it's unlikely that many have adhered to the rule.

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