November is on its way out, Christmas is coming, and with it a calendar of festive football that will test even the strongest Premier League squad.

And as the cold well and truly sets in, another winter wonder has returned to English football.

That’s right, Manchester City have come out in force to show off the ever-popular snood, with no fewer than six stars – and their manager – wrapped up in the stylish neck-warmer during training on Wednesday.

 Kelechi Iheanacho wraps up almost his entire face in a snood as Manchester City train
Ilkay Gundogan was also determined to keep warm, while Leroy Sane went with gloves only

Ilkay Gundogan, Yaya Toure, Bacary Sagna, Kelechi Iheanacho and Nolito all sported the oft-mocked neckwear in City’s colours of blue and white.

But goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and boss Pep Guardiola went against the grain, choosing instead to wear plain black snoods to keep the icy Manchester weather away from their necks.

And while the players each had their own personalised snoods with a shirt number on it, Guardiola went a step further, with PG emblazoned on his fancy garment.

Snoods are, of course, no longer permitted during matches, after they were made popular a few years ago, notably by former City striker Mario Balotelli.

But that hasn’t stopped Premier League stars using their favourite scarf-like accessory during training sessions as the days get shorter and the weather colder.

Nigerian striker Iheanacho took the rather extreme measure of wrapping his snood around not only his neck, but also much of his face to brave the cold climes of the North West.

 Gundogan seemed to warm up as the session went on though, ditching the neckwear later

However, once the players got into their stride some of them were able to manage without a warming wrap – Gundogan was spotted later in the session in possession of the ball, but not in possession of a snood.

City are preparing for a top of the table clash against Chelsea on Saturday, knowing that a win will take them back to the summit of the Premier League.

However, their opponents come into the game on the back of seven straight wins in the league, so Guardiola and his players will need to come up with a plan to conquer their so-far faultless back three if they are to end Antonio Conte’s superb run.


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