Ilkay Gundogan urges Manchester City to eliminate ‘unnecessary’ individual mistakes against Dortmund
Ilkay Gundogan urges Manchester City to correct ‘unnecessary’ individual errors in their attempt to avoid Champions League quarter-final elimination for the FOURTH season against Borussia Dortmund
- Manchester City heads to Borussia Dortmund with a slim one-goal advantage
- City has been eliminated in the quarterfinals for the past three seasons
- Individual errors resulted in defeat against Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon
- And Ilkay Gundogan has urged his side to show more courage in adversity
Ilkay Gundogan appealed to Manchester City show stronger courage despite setbacks, as they want to reach the last four of the Champions League for the first time under Pep Guardiola.
City goes to Dortmund with a small one-goal advantage, having been out of the league in the quarter-finals in each of the past three seasons.
Those defeats – against Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon – were all laced with individual fouls and a lack of composure when trailing.
Ilkay Gundogan called on Manchester City to show more courage in the face of setbacks
City has been eliminated in the Champions League in the quarterfinals for the past three seasons
“I have expectations for myself and for my teammates and I know we have a great team and are able to go into the semi-finals,” said Gundogan.
‘We should have been there in recent seasons, but we lacked something. People sometimes made unnecessary individual mistakes that led to goals we conceded and then it’s clearly difficult.
‘I remember the Tottenham game we played at home, we conceded three goals, at home Liverpool we conceded two goals. If you concede this number of goals in your home stadium, it is of course not easy.
‘I feel like we are much more stable at this point in the season, especially on the defensive. We defend reasonably well. The more you advance in this competition, the more important it becomes.
They aim to reach the last four of the competition for the first time under Pep Guardiola
‘Of course it gives you a safe feeling when you know that your line of defense works fine and your defensive generally works very well as a team, combined with the feeling that we know we can always score. That is great potential. ‘
Guardiola claimed he ‘doesn’t know’ how his players will react in Wednesday’s second leg, but believes in the unity of the team. The Catalan also seemed to quell any suggestion of tactical tinkering.
‘I didn’t say anything special. We’re not going to do anything special, ”Guardiola said. Everyone should try to be a leader on the field. The man who is comfortable during the game takes more responsibility to be more involved.
The guys who are more nervous: do your job, play simple, be calm. You may be ready to perform well five minutes later.
City heads to Dortmund with a slim one-goal advantage after late Phil Foden winner
‘They are people. People forget that. People have feelings. We know what to do. Do what we’ve been doing all season. If we win, we have to earn it – we have to go for it.
‘That is going to happen. We did it in an effective way. Of course you have to control your emotions, but sometimes you need emotion to win these types of games. ‘
Gundogan also hopes the weekend defeat to Leeds United – when Guardiola made seven changes – could help City.
“Maybe it was a warning or a signal to us,” he added. ‘If it turns out to be so. We will probably know tomorrow after the game. I will then accept that defeat. But of course we also entered that competition to win it.
Gundogan also hopes that the shocking defeat at the weekend against Leeds United City can help
‘Now we are facing a different competition, a different team and we are completely focused on that and then we will focus on the other competitions.
“ Going to Dortmund, opposite Borussia Dortmund, knowing there is no audience feels like a bit of a disadvantage for Borussia Dortmund because I played there for five years and I know how incredible the audience is and the support is and how loud it is. could be. in that stadium.
“ For them, knowing that there is no audience to support them – and that includes us in our stadium – something is missing in football right now and we can’t wait to see people in the stadiums again. ”