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Istanbul Is The New Cool. Or at least it is according to the citys latest tourism advert, a collage of chic, blase young people parkouring down Byzantine streets, goofing about next to Ottoman palaces and generally having a hyper-chilled time. Hmmm. Istanbul: meet Pep.
Famously Manchester Citys manager is too stressed, too wired, too unshakeably uncool to eat before kick-off on match days, restricting himself to a few grudging cubes of cheese late into the night. That man in the skinny black jeans with the maniacally whirling arms, out there on his touchline looking like the outlaw general of a mercenary private army signalling attack formations to his personal helicopter gunship? Hes not actually feeling that cool.
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Indeed, given the 10pm local time kick-off for Saturdays Champions League final, followed by the endless round of ritual post-match duties, all drenched in a brain-mangling sense of personal destiny, Pep in Istanbul already looks like one of the more exhausting feats of managerial endurance. Frankly, were going to need more cheese cubes.