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Pep Guardiola Explains Thinking Behind Key Ilkay Gundogan Substitution in Man City Victory

Pep Guardiola has provided an insight into why he decided to bring Ilkay Gundogan on in Manchester City's 3-2 comeback victory against Aston Villa to retain their Premier League title.

Manchester City looked on the brink of letting the Premier League title slip out of their grasp when Philippe Coutinho extended Aston Villa’s, but Ilkay Gundogan’s inspired substitution turned the game on its head.

For the Blues’ opener, the German international astutely found himself unmarked at the back post and headed in a pinpoint Raheem Sterling cross to give City a glimmer of hope.

And in the 81st minute, the midfield maestro was key to unlocking Villa’s stern defence once again, as he was perfectly positioned to get on the end of an inch-perfect Kevin De Bruyne cross to score the goal that ultimately won City the Premier League title.

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Up against Aston Villa’s rigid low block, it was Gundogan’s uncanny ability to find acres of space that proved to be crucial, as the visitors simply could not contend with his ability to ghost his way into acres of space.

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Guardiola’s tactical acumen simply cannot be doubted, as the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Raheem Sterling also proved to be decisive introductions in the second half, playing a vital role in all of City’s three goals.

As Ilkay Gundogan repaid his manager’s faith with a title-clinching brace, it’s safe to say his addition in the 68th minute is arguably the greatest substitution in Premier League history.

Despite some rumours of the German's departure, he continues to be a key component in everything City have won under Guardiola.


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