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UCL Preview (2021): Man City not 'motivated' by Lyon loss, says Gundogan

Manchester City have got past the last 16 of the Champions League in the past three seasons



Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said last season's Champions League exit will not provide an extra source of motivation this year.

The Premier League leaders face Germany's Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday.

City beat Real Madrid at the same stage last year, but then lost 3-1 to Lyon in a one-legged quarter-final in Lisbon.

"It is not something that is forgotten, to be honest," said Gundogan.

"But it is not something that gives us any extra motivation. It is a new year, a new option, a new chance and a new challenge. We just try to do our best, as we did in the past."

City are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League, in the Carabao Cup final and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Manchester City have won 18 matches in a row in all competitions and manager Pep Guardiola wants them to continue what they have been doing.

"We're going to play this like we've played the last games this season, in all competitions - nothing special," said Guardiola.

"We're going to try to win, to get a good result and then afterwards we are going to think about West Ham on Saturday.

"This is the only target. It's the same process as I've said to the players for a long time - think of the next one and then, after that, the next one."

This match will take place in Hungary because of coronavirus restrictions with Monchengladbach, eighth in the German Bundesliga and with only one win in five matches in all competitions, the designated 'home' team.

Team news

Manchester City have close to a fully-fit squad available with centre-back Nathan Ake their only notable absentee as the Dutchman continues to train alone after a muscular problem.

Record goalscorer Sergio Aguero is edging closer to a return after three matches as an unused substitute.

Guardiola has stressed the importance of rotating his squad so may return defender Kyle Walker, midfielder Phil Foden and forward Gabriel Jesus to the starting line-up after they were substitutes for Sunday's 1-0 win at Arsenal in the Premier League.

-- Courtesy of BBC Sport


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