"That's everything that football is all about!" - Ilkay Gundogan opens up on the rivalry with Liverpool, versatility at Man City, and career defining moments

Ilkay Gundogan has opened up on a multitude of topics during the latest and final episode of the FIFA PlayOn podcast with Liam Payne, Jaydee Dyer and French Montana.
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Ilkay Gundogan has opened up on a multitude of topics during the latest and final episode of the FIFA PlayOn podcast with Liam Payne, Jaydee Dyer and French Montana.

The Manchester City star is currently enduring one of the best patches of form of his career, winning the Premier League Player of the Month for February and establishing himself as the joint top scorer under Pep Guardiola this season - tied on 13 goals with Raheem Sterling.

Speaking on his flexibility within the side, which appears to have had a major contribution to his success in front of goal during the second-half of the campaign, Gundogan said, "I'm not sure [where it came from] actually."

He continued, "I think I was a bit forced into it. I remember when I was really young playing as a striker, and then I got back and back and back, and ended up playing for Manchester City as a holding midfielder, like in a number six role - which maybe isn't my biggest strength."

"Everywhere I play, I just try to play as good as possible. Every position has it's difficulties. I feel I'm quite flexible, and have the quality to adapt well into any position or into any formation. It's working out quite well", he closed.

Ilkay Gundogan then revisited his playing days with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and in particular, the experience of playing at the Signal Iduna Park - which is regarded by many in the football community to be one of the most iconic football venues across the globe.

"It was crazy", Gundogan opened. "Every weekend over 80,000 fans, and just the Yellow Wall with over 25,000 - just crazy. Still until today, it's one of the best stadiums I've played in. If you haven't experienced it, after Coronavirus, you should definitely try it out. There's no one sitting in the Yellow Wall either, just standing, it's mental", he said.

Ilkay Gundogan went on to revisit some of his biggest career-defining moments, and highlighted specific aspects of his careers with both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

The 30-year-old said of his time with the Bundesliga giants, "Losing the Champions League final was a big blow. Hopefully I will have the chance, one day, to play in another [Champions League] final. Also great moments as well, winning the league and the double."

On his career-defining moments under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, since making the move in the summer of 2016, Ilkay Gundogan said, "Winning 100 points, a record-breaking season, and then the season after with Liverpool - being one point ahead."

"That's everything that football is all about, having this rivalry between two teams, unbeaten for last 10, 12, 14 matches. That was quite exciting for everyone. I've experienced some really good stuff."

Gundogan and the Manchester City squad will be looking to extend their remarkable winning run in all competitions to 22 at the weekend, as they host Manchester United in the derby at the Etihad Stadium.

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