Champions League: Man City Not Among European Elite Clubs- Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan stated the club has to win the UEFA Champions League before it can be regarded as one Europe’s elite clubs.

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Man city has won three Premier League titles since the Abu Dhabi United Group bought them in 2008, but have never gone past the semi-final stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

“If you want to be in the international elite,  you need to clinch this trophy,” Gundogan told UEFA.com ahead of Wednesday’s last 16 ties at Schalke.

“I think that, if we were to win it someday, the club would enter a new era, the same level as Real (Madrid), Barca, Bayern or Juventus, clubs that are maybe a step above us.

“Maybe not in the way they play football, but as a club at least.”

The Citizens were knocked out in the last 16 three times in the last five seasons, while their only semi-final appearance came in 2016 when they were knocked out by Real Madrid 1-0 on aggregate.

“We’ve experienced a lot in the Champions League in recent years, not all of it positive, of course. We should’ve won it at least once,” Gundogan added.

“The biggest low was probably being knocked out by Liverpool last season. For that reason, the motivation to go far in this competition is huge and I think we have the quality required.”