Danilo is one of just two Manchester City players to have won the Champions League and he did so with Zinedine Zidane. Now the full back has explained the difference between Zidane and current manager Pep Guardiola.
So far in Manchester City’s recent era the only trophy they are yet to win is the Champions League. Whilst they have totted up three Premier League titles they are yet to even visit the final of Europe’s elite club competition.
Whilst defending the league this season remains a massive objective for Pep Guardiola’s side the bigger task will be to get the Champions League monkey off their back sooner rather than later.
Guardiola himself is on a personal quest for the coveted title. After winning the title with Barcelona twice the former midfielder is yet to make it past the semi final stage with Bayern Munich or City.
The Etihad owned side continue their current campaign in the competition on Wednesday when they face Bundesliga side Schalke.
The team only have two players with experience of winning the competition in their ranks in Claudio Bravo and Danilo with the fullback winning it twice under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
In an interview with the Mirror the Brazilian explained how the two managers differ saying:
“Of course they are very different, first they are all top coaches and it’s impossible to compare the two.
“For me I am very happy to have had the opportunity to work with them. Pep’s attention to details is second to none, Zidane what he has achieved for himself is unbelievable so for me it’s really hard to say if this is better or not.
“I am just as happy to be with Guardiola now as I was with working with Zidane in the past.“
Danilo celebrates winning the Champions League with his son. Image: PA Images
Pep has played down City’s chances of breaking their duck in the competition this year and said they’d be happy with a place in the semi-finals but Danilo suggested otherwise, adding, “The Champions League is a very interesting trophy to us and we have had discussions about that – and we are going to try to surprise the manager with it sooner or later.
“We all know it’s not an easy competition to win but we have the quality and we can assure that we will give off our best.”
Having already won the competition twice with the current era’s most successful team the 27 year old is certainly well placed to assess his current team.
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