Danilo welcomes Manchester City’s longest break between games since November

After Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor, Manchester City now have a full week off before their next game against Leicester in the Premier League.

The lack of a midweek fixture has been a rare luxury for the quadruple-chasing Blues this season, but with injuries piling up, comes at a welcome time.

It is City’s longest gap between matches since the November international break, and Pep Guardiola has sent his Shark Team away for three days of rest and relaxation before preparations begin for next Saturday’s game against Leicester.

Danilo has welcomed the chance to recuperate, stressing the importance of being able to rest their bodies and minds after such a relentless schedule in recent months.

“It is very important. It is a very intense competition, having games every two or three days. We know how difficult and demanding it is,” said the 26-year-old, scorer of City’s only goal against Burnley.

“It is very important to rest our bodies and clear our minds and come back to prepare for the next game fresh and relaxed.”

His beautiful strike wasn’t enough to secure three points for City, but he felt the performance in general was good – even if the finishing wasn’t, with City converting just one of their twenty chances.

“We must be really satisfied with the whole performance. I think we played really well.

“I think it is important to come to a ground like this and get points, we know how difficult it is. They are a really physical team and don’t make you feel comfortable at any time.

“We controlled the whole game but we didn’t win, so that’s why we are not 100 per cent satisfied.”

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