Ilkay Gundogan urges Manchester City to keep standards high in quest for treble
Ilkay Gundogan is determined not to lose momentum as Manchester City aim to close out the season by winning the treble.
City claimed the first of the three trophies they are chasing by winning the Premier League title over the weekend.
Their sights are now set on adding the FA Cup and Champions League but, before they can switch thoughts fully to their two finals next month, they have to complete the league programme.
City, who are unbeaten in 24 games, wrap up their Premier League campaign by travelling to Brighton on Wednesday and Brentford next Sunday and Gundogan is wary of easing up in those matches.
The City captain said: “We haven’t lost any games for so many weeks and that’s the standard that we have to set for ourselves.
“We do nothing different – we do the same things that we’ve done in the last few weeks and hopefully it can be a really special end to the season.
“I love the club and being part of this amazing team.
“Obviously, we want to finish the season with two more trophies. We have two more big finals, and the last two games of the Premier League season are going to be preparation for that.
“We don’t want to drop anything. I would love to lift two more trophies.”
The ultimate success of City’s season will now be defined by the FA Cup final, in which they face Manchester United on June 3, and the Champions League final against Inter Milan the following week.
After a strong run throughout the spring – capped by magnificent performances in crunch games against title rivals Arsenal and then Real Madrid in the Champions League – the focus is strong.
Kevin De Bruyne, who like Gundogan is now a five-time Premier League winner, said: “We like to win, and we’re never bored of it. We’ve won a lot in the past but we want to win again and again.
“We keep on working. We enjoy the games against Brighton and Brentford and prepare for United and Inter and hopefully we can do something special.
“Everybody wants it. We know we need to win two games, but they are hard games, and we need to prepare ourselves the best as possible and hopefully we can win them.”
Midfielder Rodri is confident City can achieve their goal.
He said: “We know there is a long way to go with two big finals and we have to prepare good.
“We can do it. We believe in ourselves. We have been working to arrive in these moments and we are prepared.”