City on a mission to return to Champions League last, says Gundogan

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MANCHESTER, England, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Manchester City are decided to return to the Champions League last and can use their disappointment of shedding final season’s showpiece as motivation, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan stated on Tuesday.

City reached their first ever Champions League last in May however misplaced 1-0 to Chelsea, with Gundogan accumulating his second runners-up medal having been on the shedding Borussia Dortmund facet in 2013.

Pep Guardiola’s facet can attain the final 16 of this season’s competitors on Wednesday once they welcome Paris St Germain of their Group A conflict and Gundogan stated he’s itching to go all the best way this time.

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“Having that game of the final last season still in our minds will give us some more motivation – even though it’s not needed. Once you’ve been in the final you always want to go back,” the German advised a news convention.

“I’ll try my best to get to the final, whether it’s this year or another.

“It’s about that may to go so far as potential after which that mixture, of a little little bit of luck and the fitting qualities and gamers. We can do it, that ought to be the goal for us.”

PSG won their home match against City 2-0 in September. But Guardiola’s side have won all their other games so far and top the group on nine points, one ahead of the French club, in their bid to secure a favourable draw in the next round.

Former Barcelona boss Guardiola knows all too well the threat posed by PSG’s Lionel Messi and said the Argentine forward was still unplayable at the age of 34.

“It’s so troublesome. Sometimes when he has the ball, you do not know what to do – not even he is aware of,” Guardiola said. “I’m so completely satisfied he is nonetheless enjoying and the extent he performs and the standard.”

“I had the sensation each season is harder to qualify for the final 16. Opponents, managers, gamers harder and harder.

“Tomorrow we have a chance to qualify and if we do that it would be so good for the club and players. We’re going to try.”

City ahead Jack Grealish missed the weekend Premier League win over Everton however may characteristic on Wednesday, whereas Kevin De Bruyne is in self-isolation following a constructive COVID-19 check.

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Reporting by Christian Radnedge in London; Editing by Shrivathsa Sridhar

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