On Saturday, midfield maestro Ilkay Gundogan hopes to line up for Manchester City against Chelsea in the Champions League final. If they win, it will be the culmination of a boyhood dream kindled when he used to watch big European games featuring Turkish sides with his family in Germany.
Learning from setbacks and defeats – like disappointing early European nights as a player at Borussia Dortmund – is a recurring theme in this fascinating Big Interview with this charming man. Ilkay certainly needed to dig deep after he starred for Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund when they lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich in 2013. There was nothing wrong in their preparation, says Ilkay, and the match was very tight. With a bit of luck, they could have won it.