Barcelona’s winger Dani Alves has named his toughest opponent, and it’s not who you would expect, while calling Pep Guardiola “a football Einstein”.
The Brazilian has faced some of the world’s best players in his career. Just think about the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Juan Mata and David Silva.
However, the 32-year-old says Liverpool’s James Milner always gave him the most problems.
“I have faced many, but the most annoying was James Milner,” Alves told The Times.
“He follows you forward and follows you backwards. It’s very difficult because he attacks you and defends you, and then attacks you and defends you again.”
Milner and Alves have faced each other six times during their careers, with the Barcelona star only losing one of those matches. Their most recent encounter was on March 18, 2015, when Barcelona beat Manchester City 1-0 with a goal from Ivan Rakitic in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
The Brazilian also praised former Barcelona, current Bayern Munich and future City coach Pep Guardiola. Alves described the Spaniard as “a football Einstein” who will bring revolution to the Premier League.
“His secret is he gets you to see things differently,”Alves said. “He is a football Einstein.
“For him it’s a change and that’s what he likes. Guardiola likes to move to places where he can make a revolution. I have no doubt that he is going to achieve it because he is a freak of football.”
The Brazilian defender moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2008 from Sevilla for a £26.63 million transfer fee, after spending six seasons with the Spanish team.
Barcelona are currenlty leading La Liga, with a three point advantage over Atletico de Madrid and four points more than Real Madrid. Alves has appeared in 17 league matches, providing three assists.