Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan put in a man of the match performance as the Citizens secured a convincing victory over Chelsea yesterday evening.
The German international opened the scoring in the first half and was an influential figure in the middle of the pitch as they played their opponents off the park.
Gundogan has not always been a favourite among City supporters but fans on Twitter were full of praise for his display at Stamford Bridge last night:
Sensational performance from Ilkay
— 🅱️ (@ThatchersElbow) January 3, 2021
So underrated and overhated
— Robbie (@robbie__4) January 3, 2021
There’s a reason Pep starts this guy everyone week. Top player
— Don (@DonKDBMCFC) January 3, 2021
class is permanent
— Aldo Armedia (@Aldo_Armedia) January 3, 2021
I hope he stays fit.
— Angels Dont Die In Heaven (@SpelledSanmi) January 3, 2021
Ilkay Gundogan is a joy to watch 😁🔵🙏
— Malador Sowe (@SoweMalador) January 4, 2021
He's been unbelievable this season!
— Toni Brown (@Toni2481) January 3, 2021
Our best midfielder this season
— Wanderson Cristiano (@WandersonCris18) January 3, 2021
Top 5 match of his city career.
If he was as good-looking as Cancelo hed had a bunch of stans. He used to play at this level week after week for BVB.
— Alex – a very very nice MCFC Fan (@Alex8Mcfc) January 4, 2021
what a performance
— Ben 🍋🇧🇼 (@mcfcBen21) January 3, 2021
Best player this season for city
— Odi Emelogu (@EmeloguOdi) January 3, 2021
The 30-year-old really stepped up to the plate yesterday. With so many players sidelined due to the virus outbreak in the City camp, manager Pep Guardiola was reliant on a limited group of senior players.
Every single one of them performed at their top level but Gundogan was probably the pick of the bunch, leading by example, dominating the midfield and keeping control of the game for the majority of the 90 minutes.