Manchester City must strive to win the UEFA Champions League in order to be considered one of the Europe’s elite clubs, these are the words of City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
City have managed to win three Premier League titles since Abu Dhabi United bought them in 2008 but have never passed the semi-final of the UEFA competition.
“If you want to be in the international elite … you need to clinch this trophy,” Gundogan told UEFA.com ahead of Wednesday’s last 16 tie at Schalke.
“I think that, if we were to win it someday, the club would enter a new era, the same level as Real (Madrid), Barca, Bayern or Juventus, clubs that are maybe a step above us.
Maybe not in the way they play football, but as a club at least.”
City have been knocked out in the last 16 three times while they appeared in the semi-final only once in 2016, where they were knocked out by Real Madrid who scored them 1-0.
“We’ve experienced a lot in the Champions League in recent years, not all of it positive, of course. We should’ve won it at least once,” Gundogan added.
“The biggest low was probably being knocked out by Liverpool last season. For that reason, the motivation to go far in this competition is huge and I think we have the quality required.”
Manchester City will be facing Schalke 04 on Wednesday in their first leg of round of 16.