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Ilkay Gundogan: 'Manchester City not among Europe's best yet'

Gundogan: 'City not among Europe's best yet'
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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan plays down comparisons between his side and the likes of Barcelona, insisting that City are not among Europe's best.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has played down comparisons between them and the likes of Barcelona, insisting that his side are not among Europe's best teams.

Pep Guardiola's charges face Basel in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, having notched up four away goals in Switzerland in the first leg.

German international Gundogan, whose side have only lost three games in all competitions this term, told Sky Sports News that being placed among Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as the continent's best teams is not in the players' heads.

"It is something that it is not in our heads," the 27-year-old said. "People like to see us at the same level as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but we still feel we need to compete with these teams.

"We are not there yet.But we are in a very good way and if we have to play one day against them, we want to be ready.

"It doesn't matter how the first leg was, even with that result. The Champions League is a big stage for us and of course we want to win it. We want to play in a really serious way and we want to play our way."

City are 18 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with nine games remaining.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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