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Guardiola implores fans to fill Etihad Stadium, lauds Gundogan debut

Manchester City FC v VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach - UEFA Champions League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City is congratulated by Josep Guardiola manager of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Pep Guardiola loved the performance of Manchester City during a tricky visit from Borussia Monchengladbach, and he’s hoping that puts more fans in the stands.

“I hope our football can be better and better and all the fans can come here and see us,” the City manager said to BT Sport. “We need the support and the stadium full to compete against the best.”

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Sergio Aguero had a hat trick in the game -- which was rescheduled from Tuesday -- and Kelechi Iheanacho also scored in a 4-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. But a lot of the focus was on Man City debutant Ilkay Gundogan.

From the BBC:

“He played after three or four months injured, he played with such intelligence. He is an amazing player. He was dribbling, he arrived in the box at the right moment at the right tempo, we are so happy to have him here.”

Gundogan combined with Mats Hummels in the heart of Thomas Tuchel’s system last season, and his return could really spark Man City to new heights (which is saying a lot, considering how well the club’s started under Guardiola).

Next up for City in the UCL: a trip to Celtic on Sept. 28.

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