Champions League

Ilkay Gundogan – I believe we are the strongest team in the group


As Champions League returns to Etihad stadium, Manchester City  host an equally in-form Napoli side, who have a perfect record in Serie A.

The Serie A leaders lost their opening Champions League Group F game against Shakhtar Donetsk. As they were back on track after getting victory over Feyenoord and looking forward to continue their winning streak at Etihad and Ilkay Gundogan sees the Italians as a major threat.

“I’ve not seen that much of Napoli this season, to be honest, but over the past few years they’ve been very strong and play beautiful football and I know they’ve made a fantastic start,” said Gundogan.

“I think they play a similar style to us in that they’re technical, play a lot of short, quick passes and have players in the middle who excel at that type of football.

“They have strikers who regularly score a lot of goals and they have huge quality. For me, in European football, Napoli are one of the teams that are maybe the most underrated because they can beat anyone on their day. They are very dangerous and they could surprise a lot of people.”

Gundogan gave a brief cameo as The Blues move two points clear at the top of the Premier League after securing the memorable victory 7-2 against Stoke City.


Pep Guardiola side have now won nine games on the bounce in all competitions but Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is urging everyone to enjoy the moment, but keep their feet on the ground.

“I believe we are the strongest team in the group, but there is always the danger that people can maybe get carried away a little,” he said,

“Shakhtar, Napoli and Feyenoord may not be considered the biggest names in European football, but in my opinion, these sort of teams are a threat and Donetsk showed how good they are – in our own stadium – and for me, Napoli are a better team that Donetsk, so we must be careful.”

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