German international Ilkay Gundogan is over the moon after he made a winning debut in Manchester City’s 4-0 demolition of Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in their opening game of the UEFA Champions League.
The game was moved for 24 hours due to heavy rain but City showed no mercy as a Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick and a late goal from Kelechi Iheanacho put their opponents to the sword.
“It’s a perfect day for me,” Gundogan, who won the penalty for City’s second goal, told BT Sport. “To wait such a long time, it’s brilliant to play and have a good first game.
“I tried to work hard and now I’m just looking forward to the next game. Of course it’s not easy after such a long time out.
“Four months of rehabilitation is made more difficult especially when you don’t have an opportunity to be tested, or even a friendly to practice.
“But I started from zero so to play for 80 minutes, and to play well I think, then I am very happy.”
With the win Manchester City are now second in Group C only on goals difference as Barcelona pummeled Celtic 7-0 on Tuesday.
“We played well. We probably could have scored a few more goals,” the City defender said. “We created a lot of chances. I think we were on top from the first minute until the end.
“Now we have to play Celtic. People say they are the weakest in the group but I don’t agree. They are a really powerful team, especially at home.
“We knew how important a win was – we are in a very tough group – so it’s huge, and psychologically it was difficult to wait another 24 hours.”