CM – Ilkay Gündogan hopes to drive out Champions League demons at Euro 2020


Gundogan lost a Champions League final for the second time in his career when Premier League winners City were beaten by Chelsea two weeks ago.

Published: June 11, 2021 2:01 PM |

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The German Ilkay Gündogan (left) and the Latvian Arturs Zjuzins challenge everyone at the international friendly between Germany and Latvia in Düsseldorf. (Photo | AP)

HEZROGENAURACH: Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan plans to use his frustration at losing another Champions League final to help Germany find shape at Euro 2020.

Gundogan lost a Champions League final for the second time in his career when the Premier League winner City was defeated by Chelsea a fortnight ago and his German teammate Kai Havertz scored the victory for the Blues.

The defeat in Porto was the second time that Gündogan (30) lost a Champions League final after being beaten by Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium in 2013.

« It’s not easy to lose a game like this, » admitted Gündogan on Thursday at the EM base in Bavaria.

« We (City) worked on it for a year – in my case even eight years. I lost the final again, so I’m extremely disappointed.

« Now I am concentrating on the next tasks and am happy despite it the defeat at the tournament (EM 2020 final).

He scored for his national team on Monday in a 7-1 win against Latvia in the Germans’ last warm-up game before the start of the EM on Friday.

Germany opened on Tuesday in Munich has its Group F season against world champions France, where defending champions Portugal will also welcome four days later.

“The anticipation is huge – especially before tournaments like this one. We can hardly wait, « adds Gündogan, who is expected to become Toni Kroos’ partner in the German midfield against France.

He is expecting a busy night trying to break the French attack with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema and expect a thorough test of the shaky German defense, which have conceded 20 goals in 13 games this season.

« You know you are playing against a team that has a lot of talented footballers. We may not have a lot Possession, « said Gündogan.

 » It could be a key to the game, with which we could win a lot of ball and force the French to run after us. « 

 » Winning the Champions League strengthens and strengthens self-confidence , especially for Kai (Havertz). His goal will give him a lot of confidence that the team can use, « he said.

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