English Premiership

Gundogan: City could have scored more against United

2020-01-09 10:20
Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan reckons the Citizens could've beaten Manchester United by an even greater margin.

Pep Guardiola's tactics, playing Bernardo Silva as a false nine, completely confused their hosts and as a result they were 3-0 up in a dominant opening 45 minutes.

While United pulled one back after the break City were lauded for their performance but Gundogan said although they were good they could have been better.

"Especially in the first half, it was a special performance," he said.

"We created so much and could have scored even more, but going in at half- time leading by three gave us a very good feeling.

"I felt on the pitch we could have done even better. Converting our chances better, maybe put a little bit more on top of that, but it was great.

"I don't want to complain about our first-half performance, it was a joy to watch.

"That was important for the first leg, because it feels great to go home for the second leg with this result.

"It's a great score for us, but it's Man United so it's not done yet. If we play similar, then I don't think they will have any chance."

United won in the league at the Etihad a month ago and that provided part of their motivation for the approach at Old Trafford.

"Obviously we were hurting - you can lose against this United side," added Gundogan.

"They are still a great club, great team with great players, and have the quality to beat everyone.

"We lost that game, and our aim was to not lose twice in a row against them, and the reaction was great.

"We saw a few videos from the league game, and said to ourselves we want to do better. But I always starts from zero, a new game, a new challenge."

- TeamTalk Media

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Leicester City v West Ham United, King Power Stadium 21:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 21:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 22:15
Thursday, 23 January 2020
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, Molineux Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
West Ham United v Liverpool, London Stadium 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.