Ilkay Gundogan desperate to end Champions League jinx this season

Ilkay Gundogan reacts after losing his second Champions League final
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“I think having that game in the final last year still in our minds will give us some more motivation, even though it's not needed.

“But I think once you're in the final, you want to go back. I feel privileged that I was able to play twice in the final.

“Unfortunately I lost both, but there's still something left for me to achieve in this competition.

“I will try my best to get back to the final, whether this year or next year or never.

“It's that right combination of having a little bit of luck, but also the right ideas, the right players, the right qualities that we can be able to do it.

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“That should always be the target.”

Gundogan is relishing taking on Paris St Germain and their front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, arguably the most formidable strike force in Europe.

“That's what this competition is all about, to play against the best teams and players in the world,” said Gundogan.

“PSG definitely belongs to these best teams. It's a great game for us, also in terms of what to expect in the near future, once the group stage is done.

“It's not yet done, we still need one point to get through, that's what this competition is about and we're looking forward to it, seeing ourselves and how we're going to deal with these opponents.”