Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has described what it felt to win his first trophy in English football.
Gundogan, who joined City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016, played all 90 minutes as the Cityzens thrashed Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley to lift the Carabao Cup.
And after what has a difficult first year at City – spending much of his time sidelined through injury – the Germany international says it was a special moment to clinch his first trophy with the Sky Blues and that he is hungry for me.
“Today just feels great,” he said. “We were able to lift our first trophy.
“We enjoy the moment now, even though it’s still quite early in the season. It’s weird for me; I’m not used to playing a final in the middle of the season. I need to get used to that.
“There’s still plenty of games to play – huge games to play – and the first one is Thursday against the same opponent. It doesn’t stop.
“There’s not really a break to relax and enjoy. From tomorrow on we try to prepare the game for Thursday and try to get another win.”
City ran out comfortable winners over Arsene Wenger’s side at the weekend, with goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva sealing what was an historic win for Pep Guardiola and his side.
City’s performance at Wembley vastly improved in the second-half however after a fiarly even first 45, and Gundogan says the words of his manager at half-time were what inspired him and his side after half-time.
“He just reminded us that even though it’s a final we have to play our type of football,” the German midfielder said.
“In the first half we were not always able to play it. We just went out in the second half and tried it, and we were successful.
“That’s why we scored two more and won the game.”