“The way we played will not be enough”: Ilkay Gundogan admits Manchester City is running out of time to find the best form for the massive Champions League clash against Real Madrid after an FA Cup crash
- Ilkay Gundogan admits that Manchester City must improve their shape quickly
- Pep Guardiola’s side dominated Saturday night in Wembley
- But it was the Gunners who won 2-0 in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday
- City will play against Real Madrid in their Champions League last game of the second leg of August
Ilkay Gundogan admits that Manchester City must improve quickly if they want to dampen their semifinal defeat to Arsenal by making progress in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s side dominated possession at Wembley on Saturday-evening, but it was the Gunners who won 2-0, thanks to a brace from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
With two Premier League games to go and City already secured a distant second place behind champion Liverpool, the focus will already be on Europe.
Pep Guardiola’s side dominated at Wembley on Saturday-evening, but lost 2-0
A 2-1 win at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid gives City a great chance to make it to the quarterfinals, with the second leg at Etihad Stadium on August 7.
But – echoing his manager’s feelings – Gundogan knows that if the club continues its quest for a first European cup, improvement is needed.
“We still have two league games to play and then we have a big game against Madrid,” he said mancity.com.
“We definitely need to improve, because the way we played today will not be enough to enter the next round of the Champions League.
Ilkay Gundogan admits that Manchester City must improve quickly after losing to Arsenal
“We have to improve pretty quickly because we don’t have a lot of time – we have to try our best.”
Gundogan also admitted that Arsenal’s approach to the game suggested that the cup match meant more to Mikel Arteta’s men than to the holders.
“I think the energy we had at the start of the second half was exactly what we needed at the start of the game,” he added.
“Sometimes a really bad half is enough to lose the game and it seemed that Arsenal wanted more to the final, which was the most frustrating part.”
Arsenal will participate in the FA Cup final after an exciting win over Manchester City on Saturday
For Arsenal – record 13-time FA Cup winners – this was a surprising result for a number of reasons, not least their terrible recent record against City.
They had lost all seven previous encounters, their last win also came in a 2017 FA Cup semifinal.
Arteta had also seen his side drop to 10th in the Premier League, as Burnley won in Norwich earlier today.
But his tactic, similar to a 2-1 win over Liverpool three days earlier, proved too much for his former club, where he worked as a right hand for Guardiola before taking on the top job at Arsenal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero for the Gunners, scoring one goal in each half
Defender Kieran Tierney again had a great afternoon and insisted that as a team they were confident they could change the recent trend in this game, which was key to securing Arsenal’s place in a record 21st FA Cup final.
“It’s a good feeling in the team now, it’s positive and that’s all you can ask for,” he told Arsenal Digital.
“We’ve been working on that since day one (Mikel) came in and we’re getting closer to where we want to be.
“I think you should always believe, and if you got into this game, you had to believe we could win and we did. We have faith, we believe and we will continue to build on it. ‘