Ilkay Gundogan sure Man City can cope with Aguero’s absence vs Real Madrid

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Man City vs Real Madrid

Manchester City’s domestic season came to an end on Sunday with a 5-0 drubbing of Championship-bound Norwich.

The Sky Blues now have their eyes fixed on the European stage, as they gear up for their second Champions League last-16 clash with Real Madrid.

Man City will head into the Etihad clash holding a 2-1 advantage, thanks to late strikes from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne at the Bernabeu.

But with Real unbeaten since football’s resumption last month, and no doubt brimming with confidence after securing the La Liga title, they are set to provide a stern test for Pep Guardiola and co.

It should also be noted that Zinedine Zidane has clinched the Champions League on 3 occasions with Real, with Los Blancos also holding the record for most Champions Leagues titles.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City looks on during the training session at Manchester City Football Academy on February 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Gundogan on Man City missing Aguero

City, on the other hand, have never made it past the semi-final stage of the competition, and under Guardiola, they have yet to progress past the last eight.

The Manchester powerhouse will also have to take on Real Madrid without key attacker Sergio Aguero, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

However, Ilkay Gundogan isn’t overly worried about his side’s chances without Aguero.

Speaking to Manchester City’s official website on Wednesday, the German admitted that whilst it is disappointing not to be able to call on their prolific hitman, he is sure the Citizens can cope:

“It is definitely disappointing to not have Sergio available.

“We wish him a speedy recovery and to have him back as soon as possible, because he is such an important player for us.

“We have to deal with injuries, as we did in the season with Aymeric [Laporte] not being available. We have to do the same now with Sergio’s situation. I am sure we will be able to do that.

“Other players will have to step up. We have Gabby [Jesus], who is an amazing player, but we also have different players who can play as a false nine.

“I am sure we will be able to deal with it, but of course, we will miss him.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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