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Danilo evaluates Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Andrea Pirlo
He raves about Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo
Danilo discusses his Russia 2018 enjoy and need to visit Qatar 2022

“I’m very happy to have won league titles in England, Spain and Italy,” mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo as he was once showered with champagne in 2019. “It always feels good to be the only player in football history to have done something.”


This is not a singular difference for Ronaldo… because of an previous good friend. Danilo conquered L. a. Liga along his fellow Lusophone, received back-to-back Premier League crowns with Manchester Town, and finished the precious trinity with Juventus previous this yr.

The 29-year-old Brazil wingback kindly took a ruin from doing yoga together with his canine, French Bulldog Jonny, to speak about team-mates Ronaldo and Neymar, former team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, Andrea Pirlo’s early days within the Juve hot-seat, running below Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola, and the original sensation of enjoying in a FIFA Global Cup™

FIFA.com: What had been Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola love to paintings below?<br/>Danilo: They had been utterly other in the way in which they labored, however they had been each had been extraordinarily sure reports for my expansion. Zidane’s very calm, authentic, charismatic. He will get the most efficient out of gamers via making them really feel comfy. It was once in reality cool to paintings with him and it was once an overly a hit length for Actual Madrid. I advanced a in reality just right dating with him. And Guardiola is precisely the other. He’s very intense and he will get the most efficient out of his gamers thru this depth. I spent two years with him, it was once additionally a a hit length results-wise, and he helped me with this depth, to present your most in each and every minute of a fit. That’s how he works.

You performed along Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester Town. What do you recall to mind him?
Kevin, for me, with none doubt, is without doubt one of the best possible gamers on this planet in his place. In case you analyse him, in addition to the assists and the targets, he works in reality arduous, he is helping the staff so much tactically, he’s all the time rather well situated. He’s a pacesetter at Manchester Town. With none doubt, he’s probably the most gamers in the most efficient shape on this planet, if now not the most efficient. This isn’t simply now – he’s been at this stage for a couple of years. It’s the fruit of his paintings, how he lives his career, how he lives soccer. I feel he can broaden much more and be the principle guy for Manchester Town over the following couple of years.

How was once your first season at Juventus?<br/>I imagine it a just right yr. It was once a yr of adaptation. I left the Premier League, which is completely other from the Italian championship tactically, bodily. I attempted to evolve as briefly as imaginable. I performed a large number of video games, we controlled to win the Scudetto, but it surely’s very transparent that at Juventus the objective is to win the Champions League and we fell quick. I am hoping my 2d yr can also be higher, and that I steer clear of accidents.

What did you recall to mind Andrea Pirlo as a participant?
He was once participant who had no equivalent. He wasn’t the fastest, however he was once a really perfect philosopher and had indeniable high quality at the ball. In reality, he’s participated in a few coaching classes over the previous couple of days and he’s nonetheless unbelievable – his imaginative and prescient, method. If we have now some accidents, who is aware of? (laughs) Talent-wise he can nonetheless do it.

What are your first impressions of him as a trainer?<br/>He’s in reality chilled. He in reality understands the gamers’ mentality at the pitch as he most effective stopped enjoying lately. He is aware of Juventus inside of out. He is aware of how you can get his message throughout, to talk to gamers one-on-one, to get the most efficient out of them. And he’s been making use of some in reality just right tactical concepts and he's very transparent with how he desires the staff to play, which I in reality like. The early days with Andrea were in reality sure.

What do you recall to mind Cristiano Ronaldo?
Cristiano is an indeniable nice. What he does in suits, his statistics, say the whole thing. He’s extraordinarily aggressive in coaching, and this displays in suits. He has such a lot of qualities. In all probability what units him aside is that he’s just right at each and every facet of the sport. And he’s a in reality cool man. I’ve a in reality just right dating with him – we had been in combination for 2 years at Actual Madrid and now at Juventus. We chat about the whole thing. He has an overly human facet. He’s all the time asking issues about Brazil. For instance, all through COVID he’s all the time asking how the placement is in Brazil. He worries about it. He’s very human, in reality great.

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You’ve performed in Spain, Italy and England. Which league do you imagine the most efficient out of them?<br/>It’s very tricky to mention. They’re totally other leagues. In relation to high quality, Spain. Irrespective of whether or not they’re a large or small staff, they all the time attempt to assault, make the most of their warring parties’ weaknesses, win and play soccer. In England it’s in reality bodily, passionate, intense. The motion doesn’t forestall. It’s a mode of soccer that I in reality liked. And in Italy it’s very tactical – slightly extra clever, concept out. It’s tricky [for attackers] to search out house. Every one is liked as a result of its personal traits.

Qatar 2022 qualifying is ready to begin for Brazil subsequent month. How was once your Russia 2018 enjoy?
It was once a mixture of sentiments. The explosion of happiness to make my Global Cup debut, to are living during the setting at a Global Cup. After which the disappointment of the 2 accidents that dominated me out of video games. However total, it was once in reality sure. It’s a singular enjoy. It’s the target of each and every footballer. While you get there, you’re feeling the feeling of getting realised a dream. Having that have, and being dominated out of video games when I used to be determined to play, has made me wish to be on the subsequent Global Cup much more.

You should be proud of the arrogance Tite has proven in you?<br/>I’m more than pleased. This is without doubt one of the targets: to have the arrogance of the Brazilian nationwide staff trainer. It’s one thing that motivates you, that makes you need to support on a daily basis to turn his religion is justified. However in Brazil you all the time have such a lot pageant for puts. We have now such a lot of nice gamers, new gamers are all the time rising, so I've to stay going and paintings in reality arduous at Juventus to retain Tite’s religion.

You’ve performed 25 occasions for Brazil, but when it wasn’t for Daniel Alves, who is aware of what number of caps you’d have received. Has it been irritating having this sort of nice participant who has performed for see you later to your means?
No, it’s irritating in completely no means. I’ve been coming and going within the nationwide staff for just about ten years, I imagine this a in reality essential milestone, fulfillment. Mainly as a result of the place I got here from, my trajectory. Folks have mentioned a few loss of right-backs in Brazil – it’s all the time observed the other. Within the closing ten years there’s been Maicon and Daniel Alves. The standard of right-backs could be very prime and the contest for puts is in reality tricky.

What do you recall to mind Neymar?
Neymar, for me, with none doubt, is on the tip of the most efficient gamers on this planet, the place only a few gamers have a spot. I’ve recognized him for over ten years, from once we had been at Santos and within the Seleção. I’ve observed him do unbelievable issues at shut hand. Each and every time he does one thing new, it doesn’t wonder me as a result of I do know he has a skill that outranks some other lively participant.

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Will Brazil win Qatar 2022?<br/>(laughs) I am hoping so. The qualifiers shall be tricky. Soccer – tactically and bodily – has developed such a lot. It makes it a lot more of a degree enjoying box. However successful the Global Cup is our goal. We have now gifted, skilled gamers.

Who shall be Brazil’s largest competitors for the Trophy?
Spain are in just right shape, France have a in reality sturdy era, and I’d put Belgium and Holland, who’ve seemed unbelievable lately, within the combine. Then you will have the established groups – Italy, Argentina. In a match just like the Global Cup, in addition to high quality, custom carries a large number of weight.