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Gundogan hails City’s character after victory against Dortmund

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Ilkay Gundogan was delighted with Manchester City’s character as they recorded a comeback win against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Ilkay Gundogan admitted that Manchester City deserve to be where they are after a comeback 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Jude Bellingham scored 15 minutes into the Champions League quarter-final at Signal Iduna Park, putting the home side on course for the semi-final.

But second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden turned the tie around as City reached the last four through a 4-2 aggregate win.

Echoing the comments of manager Pep Guardiola, Gundogan has praised City’s fight as a team and says they are deserving of a semi-final spot.

“Today once again we showed character,” Gundogan said as per the club’s website. “We didn’t play well at all in the first 15 minutes, we struggled and we weren’t brave enough and were scared to lose something. That was obvious.

“After conceding the first goal we were able to get hold of possession and create chances. Our target was to score the first goal of the second half and get the game back into our hands. That’s exactly what we did.

“We know how tough this competition is. In every single game the opponents are so difficult, everyone has quality and this Dortmund team has quality and can beat anyone.

“It was about staying in the game, playing with attitude and personality – especially at this stage of the competition. We proved we were ready to fight for the semi-finals.”

Manchester City have now reached only the second Champions League semi-final in club history and their first since 2015-16.