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Gundogan was angry when Pep Guardiola benched him on last match of the season

The German midfielder scored two late goals to help land the title after being initially overlooked for the crunch decider against Aston Villa

Ilkay Gundogan admits he was angry not to start Manchester City’s final game against Aston Villa before his heroics helped them land the title.

Pep Guardiola left the German midfielder on the bench on the last match of the season with Man City needing a victory to be certain of beating Liverpool to the title by a single point.

Trailing 2-0 with 14 minutes remaining, it looked like they were about to blow the chance to land a fourth title in five years until Gundogan scored twice and another from Rodri secured an unforgettable turnaround.

Why was Gundogan so angry?

“We are all competitive, we all want to play and I remember the week before I hadn’t started the West Ham game so I was quite confident in starting and then the moment I found out I wasn’t starting I was a bit frustrated and angry,” Gundogan said at the premiere of the documentary ‘Together: Champions Again!’

“I still tried to be focused and support the guys that were starting and I think I put that frustration a little bit into the game.

“Things didn’t start so well when I got subbed on as we were 10 seconds in and we conceded the second goal and then to be honest, as a professional football player you always try to do your best, do the simple things.

“We scored the first goal and luckily that happened, then in ten minutes we scored the three goals. Everything happened so quickly, it’s still difficult for me to analyse as it all happened so quickly.” – Goal

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