Manchester City fans have been hailing Ilkay Gundogan following his performance against Paris Saint Germain, with a fan branding him the ‘perfect creative midfielder’.
The reigning Premier League champions secured their place in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 as group winners following a stunning 2-1 win over PSG at the Etihad Stadium.
It was looking like it wouldn’t be City’s night. Kylian Mbappe scored five minutes into the second half to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men the lead completely against the run of play.
But Mbappe’s early second-half strike was cancelled out by yet another Etihad goal for Raheem Sterling, and a well-worked move that saw Gabriel Jesus put Manchester City into a 2-1 lead – a lead that ultimately secured the three points.
While the likes Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus may have stole the limelight in this game, Wednesday clash was yet another example of why Gundogan is one Man City’s most important player.
The 31-year-old, who was given a player rating of 9/10 by the Manchester Evening News, seldom relinquished possession at the Etihad and provided a threat in the final third.
The German international, who smacked the post with a firmly struck side-footer after the ball had bounced his way, helped City dictate the tempo by completing 61/63 passes.
Against PSG, Gundogan played for 90 minutes, had 76 touches, won one aerial duel, completed 96.8% of his 62 passes, created two chances, had two shots, whipped in five crosses with 40% finding a teammate, made one interception and had two successful dribbles.
Gundogan performance caught the eye of many Man City fans on social media. Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter…
U had a tremendous game. City deseved more than the goals
— Evans Ababio (@amankeve) November 25, 2021
Bossed it tonight
— 7 💫 (@MCFCHag) November 24, 2021
Ilkay Gundogan is different gravy with the captains armband btw
— 🧤❄️ (@Eddyprop31) November 24, 2021
İlkay Gündoğan – Rolls Royce of a footballer
— Billy (@glynbilly) November 24, 2021
Unbelievable tonight Gundo!!! Great work!
— Tommy (@fanatic_city) November 24, 2021
You have become the perfect creative midfielder, Ilkay. You combine an exceptional footballing brain with a team ethic that is pure joy to watch. The next 5 years will be so much fun. Ich hoffe, du bleibst noch lange in der City. 💙💙💙
— Mark Geraghty (@Minchroadster) November 25, 2021
I feel like I have to constantly give this man his flowers but İlkay Gündoğan is so brilliant in midfield every single time I watch him.
Maybe he has to score goals like last season to get the plaudits but he is consistently masterful no matter his stats. Criminally underrated. pic.twitter.com/5wNtNZsDLp
— Lyés (@WholeLottaLyes) November 24, 2021