Gundogan ‘unbelievably proud’ to play CL final in ‘homeland’

Gundogan ‘unbelievably proud’ to play cl final in ‘homeland’0

After winning the FA Cup on Saturday, Ilkay Gundogan and the rest of Manchester City’s squad are now only one win away from achieving the highly coveted triple. On June 10, the Premier League champions will compete against Inter Milan in the Champions League final.

Gundogan’s attention was swiftly redirected to the matchup versus Inter Milan in Istanbul as City pursued its goal of becoming only the second English team to win the triple and emulating Manchester United’s accomplishment from 1999. In doing so, City hoped to duplicate the success that United achieved in 1999.

“[Turkey is] the homeland of my parents, [so] to be able to play in this final, it naturally makes me incredibly proud,” the player said. “My friends and family are looking forward to it, and of course, I am also looking forward to it very much,” Gundogan said while being interviewed by UEFA. “My family is looking forward to it.”

Gundogan, whose brace in a 2-1 triumph against cross-town rivals Manchester United featured the quickest goal ever scored in the history of the FA Cup final when he struck the goal after only 12 seconds, set the record for the fastest goal ever scored in the FA Cup final. has been City’s goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland’s backup this season and has been an unsung star for the club.

“Just making it back to the final for the second time in as many years is already a significant accomplishment, but I have the impression that we need to win this time.” After the team’s triumph in the FA Cup, Gundogan was quoted as saying, “And this is the target for next week.”

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