'Sarri and Guardiola are very similar', says Juventus defender Danilo

‘Maurizio Sarri and Pep Guardiola are very similar’: Juventus defender Danilo sees similarities between his current boss and his former manager at Manchester City

  • The 28-year-old Brazilian joined the Italian champions in the summer  
  • Danilo has been able to settle because Sarri is ‘very similar’ to Guardiola
  • He says the pair work in the same way although he has more freedom in Turin

Danilo has revealed how he has been able to quickly settle at Juventus because manager Maurizio Sarri is ‘very similar’ to Pep Guardiola.

The 28-year-old Brazilian joined the Italian champions in the summer as part of the deal which took Joao Cancelo to Manchester City.  

And the right-back is enjoying life in Turin.

Brazilian defender Danilo (right) traded Manchester City for Juventus over the summer

‘Turin is very different to Manchester,’ the 28-year-old told Globo Esporte.

‘The fans are much more passionate, they stop you in the street. I like it, they come across more affectionate and motivated.

‘I’m gradually getting to know the city and I feel good. I’ve already realised that the cuisine here is spectacular.

‘In Manchester, I only had a handful of options to eat well. In Italy, instead, the culinary culture is extraordinary. We must be careful not to gain any weight!

Danilo (centre) with Juventus teammates Alex Sandro and Cristiano Ronaldo

‘In Premier League, the game is much more intense, there’s no comparison. In Italy, instead, it’s much more tactical and positional. It forces you to think more.

‘Sarri has modern ideas, he likes to keep a high defensive line and he wants us to keep the ball.

‘In this regard, it wasn’t a big change for me and I feel perfectly at ease. Sarri and Guardiola are very similar in many ways, especially in their meticulous approach to tactics and movement.

Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri have been at UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum this week

‘They thoroughly study opponents and the moves needed to predict every single situation.

‘It was all extremely mechanical at City, working on every step and every inch. Sarri, on the other hand, is a bit more elastic, giving more freedom to individual initiative.

‘In any case, their models are the same and it takes time to get used to. It took two years with Guardiola.

‘I think this Juventus, despite not being with them for long, are doing well and are on right track.’


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