Herzogenaurach (Germany) (AFP)
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan plans to use his frustrations at losing another Champions League final to help Germany regain form at Euro 2020.
Gundogan lost a Champions League final for the second time in his career when Premier League-winning City were beaten by Chelsea a fortnight ago with German teammate Kai Havertz scoring the winner for the Blues.
The defeat at Porto was the second time Gundogan, 30, has lost a Champions League final after also being on the losing side of former club Borussia Dortmund when they were beaten by Bayern Munich at Wembley in 2013.
“It’s not easy to lose a match like this,” Gundogan admitted Thursday based on the German European Championship in Bavaria.
“We (City) worked on it for a year, maybe eight years in my case. I lost the final again, so I’m extremely disappointed.
“Yet life goes on, that’s the beauty of competitive sport.
“Now I am focusing on the next tasks and looking forward to the tournament (Euro 2020 final) despite the loss. “
Gundogan was City’s top scorer last season with 17 goals in all competitions.
He hit the net for his national side on Monday in a 7-1 loss to Latvia in Germany’s final warm-up before the start of Euro on Friday.
Germany opens its Group F campaign against world champion France on Tuesday in Munich, where it also welcomes defending champion Portugal four days later.
“The anticipation is huge, especially before tournaments like this. We can hardly wait, ”added Gundogan, who is expected to team up with Toni Kroos in Germany’s midfielder against France.
He expects a busy night trying to stem the French attack, along with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema, and expects a thorough test from the faltering German defense, who have conceded 20 goals in 13 games this season.
“You know you are playing against a team that has a lot of talented footballers. We may not have a lot of possession, ”Gundogan said.
“It’s all the more important that the guys at the back are supporting us.
“This could be a key to the game, which could allow us to gain a lot of the ball and force the French to chase after us. “
Gundogan hopes his personal disappointment at Porto could even help Germany.
“Winning the Champions League gives you a boost and self-confidence, especially for Kai (Havertz) his goal will give him a lot of conviction that the team could use,” he said.
“I’m happy for the boys who won (the final) – they deserve it. “
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