In the latest Manchester City news, Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he does not think the Citizens should be considered as one of Europe’s elite teams yet.
Pep Guardiola has established City as the dominant force in the Premier League this season, as they are currently sit 16 points clear at the top of the standings and are on course to be crowned champions for the first time since 2014.
City are also going great guns in the Champions League, as they already seemingly have one foot in the quarter-finals of that competition, as they will take a 4-0 lead into the second-leg of their last 16 tie with Basel at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Many people are now tipping City to go all the way and be crowned champions of Europe for the very first time, but Gundogan insists they cannot be regarded as one of Europe’s elite sides just yet.
“It is something that it is not in our heads,” said Gundogan. “People like to see us at the same level as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but we still feel we need to compete with these teams. We are not there yet.
“But we are in a very good way and if we have to play one day against them, we want to be ready.”
The Germany international has also urged the need for caution ahead of their second-leg clash with Basel, as he does not think the tie is completely over despite their sizeable four-goal advantage.
“It doesn’t matter how the first leg was, even with that result,” Gundogan added. “The Champions League is a big stage for us and of course we want to win it. We want to play in a really serious way and we want to play our way.”
Pep Guardiola has also urged his side to keep their levels high against Basel and he could well play a strong team for the second leg, with Fabian Delph in line to return following a three-game domestic suspension.
City have not lost a home match in any competition since December 2016 and another impressive result on Wednesday could further underline their credentials as one of the favourites to claim Champions League glory this term.