Ilkay Gundogan has described Pep Guardiola as the ‘best manager in the world’ and has credited the Manchester City manager for the club’s incredible recent form.
City have won their past 18 fixtures in all competitions and have opened up a 10-point advantage at the top of the Premier League, recovering from a stuttering start to the season to emerge as odds-on favourites to secure a third title in just four seasons.
Guardiola’s side have secured impressive victories against the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton in recent weeks, and attentions will now turn towards Europe ahead of a Champions League last-16 meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow evening.
Ahead of the clash, Gundogan – who has scored 11 goals in his past 13 league appearances – has spoken on the club’s imperious form in recent weeks and has credited Guardiola for City’s stunning run of results over the past two months.
“I’m not really surprised we’ve turned it around, but we knew we were not at our best,” Gundogan said, as per mancity.com.
“Our manager did the right things at the right time. He saw something was wrong and missing and he adjusted a few things – how we defend and how we play with the ball.
“That’s why he is the best manager in the world. It’s incredible.
“I never thought in December about where we would be in February, but did I expect to be in this position? Maybe not.
“But I know we’re capable of a lot of things and knew we had great quality in the squad and knew we could go on a great run like we are.
“But it doesn’t come automatically. You have to adjust, and we did. Everyone did a great job.”
Whilst City head into tomorrow’s fixture in fine form, tomorrow’s opponents are without a win in their past four and currently sit eighth in the Bundesliga following a disappointing domestic campaign.
Monchengladbach did, however, impress during the Champions League’s group stages and secured qualification for the first knockout round despite being drawn in a testing group containing Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk.