Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insists final season’s disheartening Champions League exit will not present a further provide of motivation this yr.
The Premier League leaders resume their most contemporary order in Europe’s elite competition as they face Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of their final-16 tie in Budapest on Wednesday.
City placed themselves among the many favourites as they eradicated Precise Madrid on the similar stage final yr, greatest to exit in disappointing trend to Lyon in a one-legged quarter-final.
“It is not one thing that is forgotten, to be honest, however it indubitably is not one thing that provides us any extra motivation,” Gundogan said.
“It is a peculiar yr, a peculiar option, a peculiar likelihood and a peculiar order. We appropriate attempt and have our simplest, as we did previously.
“We did not have much less previously, we appropriate made errors … Our motivation is there, as it became previously, and we appropriate attempt and have our simplest.”
City are 10 components definite on the close of the Premier League and soundless fascinated about two home cup competitions, apart from to the Champions League.
Gundogan, however, is not inviting quadruple recount.
“It is nothing that I indubitably enjoy notion of till you appropriate talked about it and will not be thinking (it) in (the) subsequent few weeks,” he told a pre-match press conference.
“If it happens I will take it however it indubitably is not one thing I take into yarn.”
Supervisor Pep Guardiola moreover denied the Lyon outcome became a chief problem in his planning for the sport.
“We performed better than Lyon. We misplaced however we performed better. We will take a see at to play better this time and revel in the sport,” he said.
“We will play this adore we enjoy performed the final games this season, in all competitions – nothing particular.
“We will take a see at to elevate, to derive a right outcome after which afterwards we’re going to mediate of West Ham on Saturday.
“Here’s the suitable target. It’s the similar course of as I’ve said to the avid gamers for a indubitably very long time.”