Danilo has booked a starting place in Andrea Pirlo’s Juve, being the third defender in the coach’s 3-4-1-2 formation.
Danilo has been Juve’s best defender in the Bianconeri’s first two games of the season, showing good performances and being the reliable one.
Despite the heavy criticism for the player last season, as, it seems now that he’s on the right way to atton for his bad performances.
What changed compared to last year? And what are Danilo’s tasks under Pirlo?
It’s obvious that the role Danilo is playing now is similar to that he played in Manchester City, under Pep Guardiola.
It’s also obvious that Pirlo didn’t find it hard to make the Brazilian player feel trusted, perhaps a key point in his form.
Danilo talked about his role under Pirlo in Brazil’s press conference:
“He has modern ideas, thinks about possession, high pressing, moving the ball quickly, which is something I was used to in Man City, and that helped me a lot.”
“I got along with him very well, it’s a pleasure to work with him.”
In possession, Danilo plays as a right central defender, his job is to walk in spaces and make himself available to his teammates to create another passing channel.
He also moves forward on the flank to give the superficial superiority, overlap and make crosses to the box, just like he did in Ronald’s second goal against Roma, when he provided the assist with a great cross.
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This shows in the player’s stats, as he Juventus player who touched the ball the most in the first two games, with 236 touches, with only Locatelli doing better than him in Serie A.
He also leads the Bianconeri for successful passes with 166.
Defensively, he moves to the right back position to prevent the opponent from having superficial superiority on the wings.
Danilo is the Juventus player who made most recoveries in the first two games with 18 recoveries.