Ilkay Gundogan continued his fine run of form for Manchester City with a brace as the Citizens ran riot against West Brom on Tuesday night.
In the absence of De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan continued to deliver with another impressive outing for the Manchester outfit.
City moved to the top of the league temporarily following their 5-0 thrashing of West Brom. After a slow start to the season, the Citizens have now gone unbeaten in their last 11 league games.
Gundogan has equally benefited from his side’s recent resurgence. In his latest outing against the Baggies, the German scored twice in the opening 30 minutes at the Hawthorns.
It took the 30-year-old to seven goals in his last eight league games. He has scored in three straight league games for the first time since moving to England in 2016.
With his latest strike, Gundogan has now set a career-high in goals for a season (seven), despite it only being the halfway point.
The German seems to be improving with age but Guardiola says the midfielder has always been that good.
“I would say improvement is not the case” said Pep to the club’s website.
“Always, he showed this level apart from his first season when he was injured.”
“Every time he plays he plays at a high level. It doesn’t matter where he goes, in the FA Cup third round or the UCL latter stages, he always plays the same. He is always confident. He is a nice guy.”
City moved top of the Premier League for the time being but Guardiola insists he has no business with the standings at the moment.
“The last thing I am thinking is about the table. Now I want to get home safe, have a few days off and then Sheffield United” he continued.
“This is all I am concerned about. Today we have just finished the first half of the season. The important thing is to be calm, like when we were 12th in the table.”
“This is the Premier League. It is so tough. You see the teams up front like Leicester and West Ham and they look unbeatable.”
“Every game is so complicated. It is important we have a good run and realise why we are here and go to the next one.”