CHARLIE Daniels revealed he had seen similarities between Cherries boss Eddie Howe and Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola.

Daniels watched with interest when a £10m documentary charting City’s Premier League title win last season came out in August.

‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’ gave a fascinating insight into Guardiola’s management style with Daniels seeing some comparisons with Howe.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is one of the most successful managers in world football and guided City to the title last season with a record-breaking 100-point haul.

Renowned for his tactical acumen, the Spaniard’s high standards were emphasised following City’s 4-0 win at West Ham last week when he said they had been fortunate to win.

Asked by the Daily Echo what he felt this said about Guardiola, Daniels replied: “Probably that he is the same as our gaffer in terms of mindset. When we won 4-0 at Watford, he wasn’t happy.

“It is about the mindset and the standards they set themselves are very high. That is probably why City are doing so well and dominating the league.”

Asked whether he saw similarities between Guardiola and Howe, Daniels said. “Watching the documentary, you could see the same mentality and the willingness to improve everybody in their squad.

“Those were the similarities I took, as well as the detail they both go into. You only saw snippets but the detail Pep Guardiola goes into is more or less the same as our gaffer.

“We get very detailed information every game and are fully prepared. I don’t know whether they are in contact with each other but there are definitely similarities in that sense.”

Cherries tomorrow (3pm) head to the Etihad on the back of three successive 2-1 defeats in the Premier League, while table-topping City have dropped just four points all season, drawing at Wolves and Liverpool.

Daniels is the only Cherries player to score for the club against Guardiola’s City, his stunning strike proving in vain as Raheem Sterling grabbed a dramatic late winner at Vitality Stadium last season.

Asked whether he felt Cherries were closing the gap on the Premier League’s big guns, Daniels said: “We would like to think so. Every season, our squad seems to be getting better and better and we are more and more confident with the teams we are playing against.

“I think you can see the gap is closing in terms of the way we can dominate games against the big teams and the chances we can create against them. In that sense, we are definitely getting closer and the table shows just how far we have come.

“We know December is going to be a very tough month for us. We knew that at the start of the season and the month doesn’t start any harder than away at Manchester City.

“They are dominating English football and have world-class players. We know it is going to be a tough test but it is one we are looking forward to and relishing and will go there with a positive mindset.”