Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes the team
need to continue improving after clinching a spot in the Champions League
City have faltered in the early stages of the 2019/20
campaign, both domestically and in Europe, but a 1-1 draw at home to Shakhtar
Donetsk on Tuesday sealed progression to the knockout phase of Europe's elite
Many have already ruled the Citizens out of the Premier
League title race after losing three times and allowing leaders Liverpool to
pull nine points clear.
After winning the league in back-to-back seasons under Pep
Guardiola they can be excused for making Europe their priority.
It is no secret that the club's owners have been desperate to
win the competition since they took charge in August 2008.
They have reached the last-eight in each of the past two
seasons, losing to English opposition on both occasions, and City are hopeful
of going all the way this time around.
Tuesday's home meeting with Shakhtar was not a vintage
performance but a draw was enough to guarantee their passage to the second
stage of the tournament.
Gundogan scored his second goal in this season's
competition, having also netted in the reverse 3-0 win over the Ukrainian
outfit, to cancel out Manor Solomon's earlier strike.
The Premier League champions are guaranteed top spot and
potentially a more favourable draw in the last-16, and Guardiola now has the
luxury of being able to rotate for the final group C meeting at Dinamo Zagreb
on December 12.
Despite a less than convincing performance, Gundogan is
confident they can improve when they enter the next stage.
He told City's official website: "We are on the way. We
are through as leaders - that's the most important thing.
"There is still plenty of room to improve - not the
results because I think they will come automatically - but the way we play offensively
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