Guardiola is optimistic that Gundogan will be fit in time for the Champions League final

Guardiola is optimistic that Gundogan will be fit in time for the Champions League final

Guardiola is ‘optimistic’ about Ilkay Gundogan’s chances of making the Champions League final despite his injury scare.

The German international scored the game’s first goal before being replaced due to injury in the 56th minute.

However, with the final against Chelsea just 11 days away, City manager Pep Guardiola said Gundogan was taken off as a precaution.

“Tomorrow we will check it – the doctor is quite optimistic,” Guardiola told a news conference.

“The problem is he had a kick and was running in the second half with disturbance.

“I didn’t want to take a risk, that’s why I did the substitution.”

City’s defeat at the Amex Stadium, in front of 7,495 fans, ended two record-breaking away streaks.

They were unbeaten in 23 away matches in all competitions, a new record for an English team, and had won 12 consecutive away games, the longest run by a team in the top four tiers of English football.

The game was turned around in the 10th minute when Joao Cancelo was sent off, and while Guardiola would not comment on the decision, he did say his team needed to be cautious.

“We have to be more careful and finish games 11 v 11. 11 v 10 versus Brighton is difficult.

“We have to improve for the final, always we have to finish with 11.

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