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Man City players connect over a Nescafé coffee on International Day of Happiness

Manchester City football players Ilkay Gundogan, Nathan Ake and Rodri sit down with a cup of coffee in red Nescafé mugs
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To mark International Day of Happiness, Nescafé and Manchester City have today released a video of men’s first team players Ilkay Gundogan, Nathan Ake and Rodri connecting over coffee as part of the ‘Make Chat Work’ campaign. 

Recent Nescafé research reveals that coffee breaks are not just a ‘nice to have’, but an important part of the day for employees, particularly those experiencing feelings of loneliness. The leading coffee brand launched the Make Chat Work campaign to improve workplace wellbeing and, in the content released today, the Man City players tell us how coffee breaks help to bring the team together. 

With more than 240,000 cups of coffee consumed across the Etihad Stadium during the partnership, the globally loved beverage is an important connector within Manchester City, with both the men’s and women’s teams bonding over their shared love of the beverage – midfielder Bernardo Silva even brings Riyad Mahrez a coffee before every game!

Explaining how coffee helps them connect as a team, City captain Ilkay Gundogan says, “Sometimes you’re at a coffee station – you’re making yourself an espresso, you have different people coming up, people from the coaching staff, you have a quick chat, so it can help.” 

Nadia Roberts, Brand Manager at Nescafé, Nestlé Professional, said: “Coffee is an internationally renowned beverage, enjoyed in different ways by people from all over the world. Given its potential to unite people from different countries and backgrounds, we wanted to leverage our successful relationship with Manchester City to highlight the importance of bringing teams together over a coffee on International Day of Happiness. 

We also realise, however, that the day has a more profound meaning, around the importance of happiness for our own personal wellbeing. And after learning about the value of a coffee break, in particular for employees who are feeling isolated, we’re keen to equip businesses with useful resources and information, so they can give their teams the support and connection they need to thrive.”

For further information on the Make Chat Work campaign or to download the free Make Chat Work Guide visit