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Gundogan says last season's UCL failure won't give City an extra edge

Tuesday23 February 2021 | 14:44
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Ilkay Gundogan stresses out Manchester City's disappointing exit from the Champions League last season won't give an additional reason for motivation this year.

The Premier League pioneers will continue to test themselves in Europe's top tournament as they face

Borussia Monchengladbach

in the first leg of round 16 in Budapest on Wednesday. 

Cityzens see themselves among the top picks as they knocked out Real Madrid at a similar stage a year ago, just to be eliminated by Lyon's hands in baffling style in a one-legged quarter-final. 

"It is not something that is forgotten, to be honest, but it is not something that gives us any extra motivation." said the Germany international Gundogan.

"It is a new year, a new option, a new chance and a new challenge. We just try to do our best, as we did in the past.

"We didn't do less in the past, we just made mistakes which led to these outcomes. Our motivation is there, as it was in the past, and we just try to do our best."

Pep's men are 10 points clear at the

Premier League

table's highest point and still engaged with two homegrown cup rivalries, just as the

Champions League

Gundogan, nonetheless, isn't interested in trophy-winning talks. 

"It is nothing that I have thought about until you just mentioned it and will not be thinking (it) in (the) next few weeks." said the 30-year-old midfielder.

"If it happens I will take it but it is not something I think about."

Head coach Pep Guardiola likewise denied the Lyon result was a critical factor in his anticipating the game.

The Spaniard said at his pre-match press conference:

"We played better than Lyon. We lost but we played better. We're going to try to play better this time and win the game.

"We're going to play this like we've played the last games this season, in all competitions – nothing special.

"A football game is 90 minutes. We're going to try to win, to get a good result and then afterwards we are going to think about West Ham on Saturday.

"This is the only target. It's the same process as I've said to the players for a long time – think of the next one and then, after that, the next one."

 

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