Winning Long Balls

Danilo was saddened by Manchester City’s dramatic defeat to Manchester United on Saturday and accused Jose Mourinho’s side of snatching victory through “long balls”.

City went into the clash at the Etihad Stadium knowing a win would see them crowned Premier League champions, but they went down 3-2 in a first home defeat of the season in all competitions.

Pep Guardiola’s side held a 2-0 half-time lead through Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan and should have scored more to cap a fine first 45 minutes, with Raheem Sterling missing two clear openings.

But United sprung a stunning comeback, with Paul Pogba scoring twice before Chris Smalling volleyed home the winner to delay City’s title party.

Danilo was a frustrated man after the final whistle but told his team-mates to refocus before next Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool.

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