Ilkay Gundogan sends message to Man City team-mates ahead of semi-final mission


Ilkay Gundogan says Manchester City must learn not to panic if they are to make the Champions League semi-finals for the first time under Pep Guardiola.

City hold a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund heading into tomorrow’s decisive second-leg of their quarter-final tie in Germany.

Guardiola’s side have exited at the quarter-final stage for the past three years, with midfielder Gundogan claiming City must learn to stay calm in difficult moments if they are to end that run and make the last four.

“We need to learn also that it is normal to struggle,” said Gundogan.

“At this stage, playing against the best teams in Europe, it’s normal. Everyone has quality and it’s normal when you concede a goal.



Ilkay Gundogan has urged his team-mates to remain calm in Europe
Ilkay Gundogan has urged his team-mates to remain calm in Europe

“Maybe we are not too used to running behind a goal or conceding or struggling because we are used to always dominating the game and possession, but it’s normal in the Champions League.

“In the Premier League also, there are games where it might not be that easy and that fluent everything on the pitch, that you do also mistakes, and that’s normal.

“Learning to deal with it is the only thing that was missing. When you talk about the Tottenham game, we won the second leg 4-3, but the first leg conceding the goal was maybe unnecessary but also dealing with the whole situation.



The Premier League leaders take a 2-1 lead to Germany
The Premier League leaders take a 2-1 lead to Germany

“We conceded but had, like, 60 minutes left to play. Dealing with that is something we might need to learn still, I don’t know, these stages will show it.”

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Guardiola’s last European success came in 2011 when he was in charge at Barcelona.

Following that he led Bayern Munich to three successive semi-finals, but came up short on each occasion.





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