Ilkay Gundogan admits that Manchester City need to win the Champions League in order to stand alongside the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid among the “international elite”.
The German playmaker told UEFA’s official website ahead of a meeting with Schalke on Wednesday: “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. Every club, every team, every single player would like to lift this trophy sometime. The competition to win it is so big year in, year out, so your chances are not that good, but there’s a team that wins it every year. If you want to be in the international elite, as a club and as a player, you need to clinch this trophy.”
“If we were to win it someday, the club would enter a new era – the same level as Real, Barca, Bayern [Munich] or Juventus. Our job is to try to give it our all to make that a reality.”
The Blues have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in the past, and are back into the last 16 for 2019.