Ilkay Gundogan desperate to end Champions League jinx this season

Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who will likely feature against PSG on Wednesday, has played in two Champions League finals but lost with both City and Borussia Dortmund

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Ilkay Gundogan is determined to make it third time lucky by winning the Champions League this season.

Gundogan has twice lost in the final, last season when Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea, and in 2013 when Borussia Dortmund were overcome by Bayern Munich at Wembley.

But Gundogan is determined to finally get his hands on the European Cup and said Pep Guardiola’s players are more motivated to go all the way this term, after last season’s heartbreaking loss.

“It’s every year that something you want personally, but I also think us as a group are targeting, to get as far as possible in this competition,” said Gundogan.

“We also have some sort of responsibility, because of the qualities the individuals bring with them.

Ilkay Gundogan reacts after losing his second Champions League final


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“I think having that game in the final last year still in our minds will give us some more motivation, even though it’s not needed.

“But I think once you’re in the final, you want to go back. I feel privileged that I was able to play twice in the final.

“Unfortunately I lost both, but there’s still something left for me to achieve in this competition.

“I will try my best to get back to the final, whether this year or next year or never.

“It’s that right combination of having a little bit of luck, but also the right ideas, the right players, the right qualities that we can be able to do it.

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“That should always be the target.”

Gundogan is relishing taking on Paris St Germain and their front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, arguably the most formidable strike force in Europe.

“That’s what this competition is all about, to play against the best teams and players in the world,” said Gundogan.

“PSG definitely belongs to these best teams. It’s a great game for us, also in terms of what to expect in the near future, once the group stage is done.

“It’s not yet done, we still need one point to get through, that’s what this competition is about and we’re looking forward to it, seeing ourselves and how we’re going to deal with these opponents.”

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