Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola raved about goalscorer Ilkay Gündogan after beating Borussia Mönchengladbach. The national player set a German Champions League record with his goal to make it 2-0.
“He always had that goal instinct. He’s an incredibly nice guy. I’ll never forget the time we spent with him,” said Guardiola of the midfielder, who already scored his ninth goal for the Skyblues in the premier class and made history.
No other German player scored so often in the Champions League for a foreign club. Previously, Lukas Podolski had been at the top with eight goals for Arsenal FC.
In addition, with his 15th competitive goal in the 2020/21 season, Gündogan overtook Kevin Volland from AS Monaco (14) as the most successful German goalscorer in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
Guardiola said that Gündogan’s top form was not a snapshot: “He’s one of the most intelligent players I’ve ever seen or trained.” The former coach of FC Bayern and FC Barcelona is also “completely satisfied” with the performance of his team – “with Gündogan too, of course”.