Ilkay Gundogan Believes Barca Can Compete in Europe

Barcelona’s German midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has expressed his confidence in the team’s ability to perform at the highest level this season. Gundogan joined Barcelona in the summer transfer window on a free transfer. He quickly became an integral part of the squad under the guidance of manager Xavi Hernandez.

Ilkay Gundogan and his Barcelona Journey

Gundogan, 32, has featured in all eleven of Barcelona’s games this season, contributing with four assists. In a recent interview with the club’s official media, he discussed Barcelona’s prospects for the season. Particularly in European competitions, where they have faced challenges in recent years.


Despite the difficulties, Gundogan remains optimistic about Barcelona’s potential, emphasizing the importance of consistency in their performances.

“We can play very good football and compete with the best in the world. If we manage to perform consistently on the pitch, game by game, we can go far.”

Ilkay Gundogan

While he refrained from setting limits, Gundogan acknowledged that the team needs more time to reach its peak.

“I think we can keep up with the other teams, but we need more time, more games, to get more and more used to playing with each other. At least, we have the potential to go far.”

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan also highlighted the role of senior players, including himself, in guiding the team towards European success.

“I can help with my experience, not only because of last season’s victory but also because of the defeats before that,”

Ilkay Gundogan


Regarding his decision to leave Manchester City for Barcelona, Gundogan explained that after seven successful years in England, including winning the Champions League, he felt it was the right time for a new challenge. He praised Barcelona as “one of the biggest clubs in the world”. He expressed his admiration for Xavi Hernandez’s coaching style, which played a significant role in his decision to join the Catalan giants.


As Barcelona continues its journey in domestic and European competitions, Gundogan’s experience and confidence could prove invaluable in achieving success under Xavi’s leadership.

In summary, Ilkay Gundogan’s arrival at Barcelona has brought optimism and experience to the squad, and he firmly believes the team can compete with the best in Europe if they maintain consistency and continue to develop under Xavi’s guidance.