Ilkay Gundogan has downplayed suggestions that Manchester City may not be fully focused on their second leg against FC Basel in the Champions League due to their 4-0 aggregate lead
During the first leg in Switzerland, City put in a stunning performance to beat the hosts 4-0 and are now considered the overwhelming favourites to progress into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Gundogan, who scored a brace in the first leg, is adamant that his teammates are treating this match very seriously and that they want to win it.
“It’s not that difficult,” said Gundogan, according to the club website.
“It’s the second leg of the Champions League so it’s always an important game.
“It’s a big stage, we want to win it. We want to play in a serious way and play in our way.
“It’s not in our hands to say we are favourites. Everyone has their own opinion.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Champions League or the Premier League – because we play quite well, people want to put us at the same level as Barcelona or Bayern.
“We feel like we want to compete against these teams, but we are not there yet. We want to be ready if we have to play them at any stage.
“We are still on a journey. We (Pep and I) started together with the club one-and-half years ago. We are not where we want to be, but we are happy with how it’s going at the moment. We have potential to achieve more.”
Gundogan has made 36 appearances for City across all competitions this season and has scored 4 goals with 3 assists.