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Ilkay Gundogan backs ‘more mature’ Manchester City to go the distance in Champions League

Ilkay Gundogan backs ‘more mature’ Manchester City to go the distance in Champions League as he thanks club for support during injury layoff

  • Ilkay Gundogan believes Man City have the potential to win Champions League
  • He admits they felt ready last year but are ‘more mature’ after quarter-final loss
  • Gundogan also thanked the club for support during injury-stricken first year

Manchester City can win the Champions League this season, according to midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. 

The 27-year-old admitted his side felt they were ready to win it last year, only to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Liverpool.

But this year he believes they still feel the same way, the only thing that has changed is that they are ‘more mature’.

Ilkay Gundogan (left) believes his Man City side are ready to win the Champions League

MAN CITY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PROGRESS 

2012-13 – Group stage

2013-14 – Round of 16

2014-15 – Round of 16

2015-16 – Semi-final

2016-17 – Round of 16

2017-18 – Quarter-final 

‘I dream of winning the Champions League title with Manchester City and a title with Germany,’ he told WAZ.

‘In Manchester last season we had the feeling that we are ready for it. It was not enough. This year nothing has changed in this feeling.

‘I believe that we are even a bit more mature. We have the potential to become Champions League winners.’

Gundogan moved to Manchester in 2016 but saw his first season hampered by a knee injury.

Gundogan (left) looks dejected as Man City crash out of Champions League to Liverpool

Gundogan (left) looks dejected as Man City crash out of Champions League to Liverpool

Gundogan (right) also thanked people at the club who supported him during injury in first year

Gundogan (right) also thanked people at the club who supported him during injury in first year

He bounced back the following year and was a major part of Pep Guardiola’s squad that won the Premier League and League Cup double.

The midfielder thanked the club for their support throughout that difficult period. 

‘I enjoy playing at Manchester City. I’m satisfied right now and well on the way to getting back into shape,’ Gundogan said.

‘The leaders of the club were always behind me in the difficult phase and I had complete support. I do not forget something like that.’ 

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