Manchester City have revealed their new state-of-the-art changing room and glass tunnel ahead of the new season.
City believe they will have the most advanced preparation and recovery facilities in the Premier League including hydro pools, which will allow players to begin their recovery as soon as they leave the pitch.
The changing rooms have been revamped since the stadium was converted for football from athletics, with a circular room built to mimic the one used by the first team at the training ground.
More controversially, the club will be the first in the Premier League to have a walkway where “Tunnel Club” members can see the players in the tunnel before they go out onto the pitch, though the two-way mirrors mean players will not be able to see the supporters watching them. Fans will also be able to watch as players go in at half-time and full-time.
It has been approved by the relevant football authorities despite the potential for supporters to be able to see any tunnel flashpoints.
There was a heated exchange between City and Chelsea players last season after Pep Guardiola’s side were beaten 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and there have been other tunnel incidents such as the infamous “Battle of the Buffet” between Manchester United and Arsenal players.