Ilkay Gundogan admits enhancement is required prior to Male City’s European quest
Ilkay Gundogan (ideal) admits Manchester City need to make significant improvements
Ilkay Gundogan confesses Manchester City require to improve quickly as they aim to temper their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal by progressing in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s side dominated possession at Wembley on Saturday night but it was the Gunners who went out 2-0 winners, courtesy of a brace from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
With 2 Premier League video games staying and City currently assured of a far-off second-place surface behind champions Liverpool, attention will currently be relying on Europe.
A 2-1 win in the Bernabeu versus Real Madrid offers City an excellent opportunity of making the quarter-finals, with the second leg occurring at the Etihad Stadium on August 7.
But – echoing his manager’s sentiments – Gundogan knows development needs to be made if the club are to continue their quest for a first European Cup.
” We have two more league video games to play and after that we have a huge game versus Madrid,” he told mancity.com.
” We must definitely improve because the way we played today will not suffice to enter into the next round of the Champions League.
” We need to improve rather rapidly since we don’t have much time – we require to attempt to do our finest.”
Gundogan likewise confessed Arsenal’s approach to the game recommended the cup-tie meant more to Mikel Arteta’s males than it did to the holders.
” I think the energy we had starting the second half was exactly what we required at the start of the video game,” he added.
” In some cases one very bad half is enough to lose the game and it looked like Arsenal wanted it more to go to the last which was the most discouraging part.”
For Arsenal – record 13-time FA Cup winners – this was a surprise result for a number of reasons, not least their dreadful current record against City.
They had lost all seven of the previous conferences, their last win likewise being available in an FA Cup semi-final clash in 2017.
Arteta had actually likewise seen his side slip down to 10th in the Premier League as Burnley won at Norwich earlier in the day.
But his techniques, similar to those deployed in a 2-1 win over Liverpool 3 days earlier, showed to be excessive for his former club, where he worked as right-hand guy to Guardiola prior to taking the leading task at Arsenal.
Defender Kieran Tierney took pleasure in another great afternoon and insisted it was having the confidence as a squad that they might change the recent pattern in this component which was key to protecting Arsenal’s location in a record 21st FA Cup last.
” It’s a great feeling in the squad now, it’s favorable and that’s all you can request,” he informed Arsenal Digital.
” We have actually been dealing with that since the very first day (Mikel) came in and we’re getting closer to where we wish to be.
” I believe you constantly need to believe, and coming into this video game too you needed to believe we could win and we did that. We take confidence, we take belief and we’ll keep building on it.”