Manchester City: Danilo thinks Guardiola treats his wife like a football player
The former Manchester City side is convinced that his ex-coach never disconnects and remains permanently focused on football.
Pep guardiola « thinks about football all the time », claims former Manchester City player Danilo, to the point where the defender believes the Spaniard treats his wife like his players when not on duty.
The defender, who won two titles at the Etihad Stadium under the coach’s direction before joining Juventus, has reflected on his career so far.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed success under the leadership of other top coaches like Zinedine Zidane and Massimiliano Allegri, but he has opened up about his struggles, especially with Guardiola.
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« I was lucky they are different but they are all winners, the Brazilian veteran told La Repubblica newspaper. I tried to learn from everyone.
« It was with Guardiola that I changed my way of seeing things, I did not play a lot also because of an injury. It is true that it is not easy to have a good relationship. with him.
« He’s never relaxed, he thinks about football all the time. I think at home in the evening he puts his wife on the couch as if she were a player on the pitch! »
Bought with fanfare to bolster Manchester’s back line by Guardiola, the former Real Madrid player struggled with injuries during his two years at the club.
Although he made 23 appearances for the club in his debut campaign, he managed less than a dozen Premier League games the following season and found himself on the sidelines.
He took part in the Carabao Cup final victory in 2018, but had to settle for a place on the bench the following year and was unable to make the FA Cup final in 2019.
Guardiola will look to maintain his side’s Premier League title defense in another major test of his side’s credibility against Liverpool this weekend.
After beating Chelsea last time in the Premier League – another key rival for the title – City will also be looking to recover from the frustration of their midweek loss to Paris Saint-Germain to Liverpool on Sunday.