The Manchester City soccer team is spending nearly two weeks training at a high altitude village in Austria that is ideal for conditioning. In order to get the most out of the experience, team officials have tried to create the perfect eating, sleeping and training environment for the English Premier League champions to prepare for another run at the title. If not for a stubborn nearby Austrian church, they may have succeeded.
According to Reuters, Manchester City tried to persuade a nearby 13th century Austrian church to change their church bell schedule so the players would not have their sleep interrupted. Yes, really.
“They tried to have it put back from 8 until 10 in the morning but they didn’t succeed,” a local official in the Austrian village of Seefeld said.
The poor champs still have to wake up a bit early, but fortunately the club has also flown in $1,200 mattresses for each player and their own personal chef to see to it that everyone is eating healthy and delicious food. Massages are also a part of the training days, which consist of three workout sessions. Grind it out, boys — before long you’ll be back home without those annoying bells waking you up at the crack of dawn.
H/T Dirty Tackle