Ilkay Gundogan backs ‘mature’ City for Champions League glory


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Ilkay Gundogan believes Manchester City are a more ‘mature’ side this season and they can go on to win the Champions League.

The Citizens enjoyed a hugely successful 2017-18 campaign, winning the Premier League title by a record 19 points, while they also claimed overall glory in the Carabao Cup.

However, in Europe they were less successful, as they were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Liverpool, a defeat which means they still haven’t made it beyond the semi-finals of the continent’s premier club competition.

Germany international Gundogan is confident that will change this season, however, as he believes City have matured as a team and they are now ready to win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

“I dream of winning the Champions League title with Manchester City and a title with Germany,” the 27-year-old 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.”

City will not begin their European campaign until next month and before then they have Premier League matches to come against Newcastle and Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side have collected seven points from a possible nine in the top-flight so far this season and they are priced at 1.62 to successfully defend their title come the end of the campaign.

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