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‘We are on the way:' Pep, Gundogan on next UCL step

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk: Group C - UEFA Champions League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium on November 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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For Pep Guardiola, it’s just another stop on the train to silverware.

Manchester City clinched its UEFA Champions League group on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium.

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City led through Ilkay Gundogan but allowed an equalizer and couldn’t quite find a winner, but it’s all fine for the manager.

“I’ve played against Shakhtar Donetsk many times and they always have quality players,” he said, via the BBC. “In general, we created chances but the draw was enough in the end. Now we have one competition already done, and now our focus will be the Premier League, until we arrive in the cups. The target was to qualify and we have done it.”

Gundogan further illustrated the City mindset.

“We are on the way,” he said. “In the Premier League we are nine points behind the leaders which is not what we are aiming for but this is the situation you have to deal with. We have dropped unnecessary points in a few games already, and to remain at the top, you are not allowed to. We need to be there if Liverpool slip and we are through in the Champions League, but there is still plenty of work to improve. Not results, but more the way we play.”

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