Champions League: Ilkay Gundogan says ‘deserved’ semi-final spot releases stress on Manchester Metropolis

Champions League: Ilkay Gundogan says ‘deserved’ semi-final spot releases stress on Manchester Metropolis

Pep Guardiola’s males put three successive years of quarter-final frustration behind them as they noticed off Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to achieve the final 4.

Champions League: Ilkay Gundogan says ‘deserved’ semi-final spot releases pressure on Manchester City

File picture of Manchester Metropolis midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. AP

London: Ilkay Gundogan feels that an important weight has been lifted off the shoulders of Manchester Metropolis after they reached the Champions League semi-finals for the primary time since 2016.

Pep Guardiola’s males put three successive years of quarter-final frustration behind them as they noticed off Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to achieve the final 4.

Midfielder Gundogan admits stress had grown on the crew due to these failures in Europe, regardless of common home success.

“It means loads,” mentioned the German. “We now have clearly struggled in the previous couple of years to realize what we (have now) achieved. We at all times failed within the quarter-finals.

“It’s releasing and one thing we deserved, one thing we deserved already, possibly, lately. So it’s particular now to be within the semi-finals.”

Metropolis got a scare within the second leg at Sign Iduna Park, falling behind to an outstanding objective from spectacular England worldwide Jude Bellingham.

That levelled the tie at 2-2 on mixture however Metropolis fought again to win 2-1 on the evening, and 4-2 general, with a penalty from Riyad Mahrez and a tremendous strike from Phil Foden.

“We did not play properly within the first quarter-hour and we had been a little bit bit afraid,” mentioned Gundogan, who reached the ultimate with Dortmund in 2013.

“Dortmund had been energetic and I suppose they deserved the primary objective. Then we tailored a few issues in our recreation and I feel we dominated after their objective.”

The outcome maintained Metropolis’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple.

The Premier League leaders and League Cup finalists now flip their consideration to their FA Cup semi-final towards Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

“I do not like to speak in regards to the quadruple as a result of there’s nonetheless an extended option to go,” mentioned goalscorer Mahrez. “It’s important to take it recreation by recreation.

“Saturday is the FA Cup semi-final and now we have to go and win. Then it’s the Premier League after which the ultimate of the Carabao (League) Cup. One recreation at a time and we are going to see the place it takes us.”

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