Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan believes the Chelsea trio in the Germany camp seem to be more confident after the Champions League triumph.
The 30-year-old finished the season as Manchester City’s top scorer in their Premier League-winning campaign with 13 goals, impressively, as a midfielder.
Manchester City still ended up with two trophies; the Premier League and the League Cup, but they fell short in the one competition that they wanted most; the Champions League, after the final defeat to Chelsea.
The loss was obviously difficult to take for Gundogan, particularly that he has been in a similar situation before with Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
“It’s not easy to stomach a defeat like this,” the Manchester City star said during his Germany press conference on Thursday.
“We worked all year to get there – eight years for me.
“I lost the final again, and I’m extremely gutted about that.
“But life goes on, that’s the beauty of competitive sport. I had a few days off, which I needed I made good use of them.
“Now I’m focusing on the tasks at hand and I can look forward to the tournament, despite defeat in the final.”
But Gundogan does not seem to have any problem with the three Chelsea players in the Germany squad.
In fact, he is pleased with how the Champions League win has affected them.
“The Champions League win gives players a boost, gives them confidence,” he explained.
“Especially Kai, who scored the winner, has been given a massive [confidence] boost, which we can use to help us as a team.
“I’m happy for them, they deserved it.”