In part two of my fascinating chat with Ilkay Gundogan, we hear about the midfielder’s admiration for his Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Pep is a genius who improves every team and every player he works with. He is also intense, and not always easy to work under because he is so demanding. But why should it be easy to be the best? Ilkay also admires Pep as an ally to those he cares about.
Ilkay has scored more goals this season than in any other, and not, he insists, because he has changed his game, but because positionally he finds himself in different areas of the pitch. Scoring makes you feel great, but it is intimidating receiving the ball in a goalscoring position. Yet there is a confidence that comes with repetition, and you learn to deal with the pressure the more you experience it.
Thanks for your time, Ilkay, and good luck for Saturday.