Dante criticises Pep Guardiola's management style

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Pep Guardiola once paid Brazilian centre-back, Dante, one of his highest compliments.

"He is an incredibly important player for us. I'd like 1,000 Dantes in my team," said Guardiola after beating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in April last year.

Just four months later, he was shown the exit of the Allianz Arena and moved to Wolfsburg. Such a rapid fall from grace left everyone a bit bewildered.

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After his departure, Dante tried to explain why he had decided to leave the German champions and at the time, claimed it was the reduced responsibility he was beginning to have in the team.

But fast forward 12 months on and the 32-year-old's latest comments suggest his relationship with Guardiola may have also been a factor in his departure.

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Dante, who has recently moved clubs again to join Ligue 1's Nice, has spoken more openly about how he was handled by the Spanish boss in an interview with Bild.

It is no secret that Guardiola doesn't get on with every player he coaches -what managers do? - but after the new Manchester City manager's glowing praise of Dante in the past, it is surprising to learn just how distant they were.

“He doesn’t speak with you,” the Brazilian said. “As a player, you don’t know what situation you’re in.

"There are coaches that from a tactical point of view are world class but on a human level they’re not so good. That is the case with Guardiola.”


Dante made over 130 for the German giants and won four domestic titles, three German Cups and the Champions League during his spell in Munich.

And he isn't the first to speak out about Guardiola's coaching style, with ex-Bayern teammate Franck Ribery also highly critical of the Spaniard in recent weeks.

Ribery said: "He is a young coach. He lacks experience. Sometimes he talks too much. Football is very simple." 


Interestingly, though, his complaint completely contradicted Dante's new comments so just proves Guardiola couldn't win either way.

As his career is appearing to wind down with his latest move to France, Dante has already begun to look back at his career and still considers signing for Die Roten as a standout moment.

He added: "The most beautiful moment there was not winning the Champions League 2013, but my contract signature at Bayern."

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