Manchester City are resorting to strange methods in the attempt to keep the Etihad turf in tip-top condition.
Lee Jackson, the Citizen’s chief groundsman has been spraying the pitch with liquid garlic in order to keep away parasites.
Jackson was at it again on Wednesday, spraying the pitch following Pep Guardiola’s team’s impressive 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champion’s League, leaving unmistakable aroma of garlic permeating the air inside the stadium, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The pungent treatment, which stops the parasites from damaging the roots of the grass, has been a regular feature at the Etihad Stadium and City’s City Football Academy for two years and also helps to treat fungal infections.
And it obviously works as the pitch at the Etihad has been consistently recognised as one of the Premier League’s best, with Jackson winning the Premier League Groundsman of the Year in 2011.
City’s state-of-the-art playing surface is a hybrid mix of grass and artificial fibres that are injected into the turf.
The Etihad surface was relaid ahead of the new season following a string of concerts at the ground including AC/DC and The Stone Roses.