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Ilkay Gundogan: “With us not having that classical striker, we need a little bit more flexibility up front”

Star is back after layoff.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

The German midfielder, celebrating his 31st birthday today, made a welcome return to the starting XI in Saturday evening’s 4-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion, captaining the side and opening the scoring from close range.

After the match he spoke about City’s depth and much more, let’ dive in-

“It is great to play with these players in one team and even the power we have from the bench in every single game, it is just incredible,” he said.

“With us not having that classical striker, we need a little bit more flexibility up front; to rotate and try to change positions.

“It is tough work. It doesn’t come automatically and it is not given – it is every training session and every single game and how we work. It pays off and it did.

“Especially against a team like Brighton, who play in most parts of the game one-v-one, it is very important.

“Obviously, it was good for us scoring three goals in the first half. It is normal that you come here and there are parts of your game that you also struggle.

“We did great in many parts of the game and that is why we also created many chances. We scored great goals and had chances to score more.

Good on Gundo, he will be key to this seasons successes.