Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan praises Inter Milan for their impressive performance in the Champions League final.
The Nerazzurri came up short in the final held in Istanbul, but their admirable effort earned them massive respect.
Simone Inzaghi’s men had several chances to score, especially in the second half, but they failed to capitalize on it.
On the contrary, the Cityzens were able to pounce on a rare scoring opportunity in the 68th minute when Rodri smashed his shot past André Onana.
For his part, Gundogan lifted the trophy in what may well be his final appearance for Man City, but he insisted on paying tribute to Inter Milan players who proved to be formidable opponents.
The 32-year-old hailed the Nerazzurri for their strong showing, stating that he knows exactly how they feel having previously lost two Champions League finals.
“I had lost two Champions League finals, so I know what it means to be beaten,” said the Man City skipper in his post-match interview with Sky Sport via FcInterNews.
“I tried to congratulate Inter players because they have had an exceptional season, playing excellent football. They have an incredible team and I wanted to tell them that.
“I’ve been chasing this cup for 10 years, since the knockout against Bayern. Now I’m trying to enjoy everything. Tonight I’m the happiest person in the world.”
The German midfielder lost his first Champions League final in 2013 at the hands of Bayern Munich while representing Borussia Dortmund. His second heartbreaking finale was in 2021, when the Cityzens suffered an upset defeat against Chelsea.