Ilkay Gundogan’s brace to Manchester City’s title-winning streak fueled by anger over the back-up role

Ilkay Gundogan has revealed his dramatic two-goal title win against Aston Villa last season was fueled by anger at starting on the bench.

The Germany midfielder struck twice in the space of five minutes, either side of a shot from Rodri, as Manchester City sensationally recovered from a 2-0 deficit, defeating Villa 3-2 and securing the Premier League crown on the final day.

City needed a win to stop Liverpool in a convincing title race and Gundogan, who was only a second-half substitute, was frustrated at not being there from the start.

“The day didn’t start that well for me,” said the 31-year-old at the premiere of Together: Champions Again!, a new documentary about City’s 2021-22 campaign.

“I really expected to start this game and I didn’t. The week before I hadn’t started the West Ham game so I was pretty confident starting against Aston Villa.

“The moment I found out I wasn’t starting I was a little bit frustrated, a little bit angry, but I still tried to stay focused and support the guys who were starting and maybe even vent that anger a little bit bring game. ”

City fell 2-0 down in the Etihad tie when Philippe Coutinho doubled Villa’s lead in the 69th minute after Matty Cash struck in the first half.

With Liverpool winning their last game against Wolves, City would have been stripped of the title had the result stayed the same and Gundogan admits he feared the worst.

City’s success last semester was one of the great results on the final day (Martin Rickett/PA)

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But when he clawed one back with a header in the 76th minute, he sparked a resurgence to rank with the best results of the last day.

“Things didn’t start out so well when I came on,” he said. “I was 10 seconds into the game and we conceded the second goal.

“Back then, to be honest, there wasn’t much hope anymore, but as a professional footballer you always try to do your best, starting with the simple things.

“We tried to score the first goal as quickly as possible and luckily that happened. Then we scored the three goals in 10 minutes. Everything went so fast.

“It’s still very difficult for me to think about it or analyze it because it all happened so quickly.”

:: Weekly episodes of Together: Champions Again! will be available to fans on City+ and Manchester City’s Recast Channel.

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