Ilkay Gündogan responded with a smile. "Since then I'm used to it in Germany," said the football international after the 2-1 victory of his club Manchester City in the Champions League at TSG Hoffenheim on Tuesday evening with a smile. Before the game he had been received by the Sinsheim audience inglorious. When the name of the 27-year-old England professional was read in the stadium for the starting grid of the Citizens, loud whistles were heard.
"It was not much, and I came to Germany with an English club," Gündogan said: "That's why I find that a bit normal and I do not want to dramatize that. It was a great atmosphere. "Gündogan stood in the middle of the affair with the Turkish head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the summer together with Mesut Özil, who had since retreated noisily. Gundogan had also been booed loudly in the World Cup preparation match against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen. In the international matches after the World Cup debacle against France and Peru (in Sinsheim), however, had not repeated.
Another concern drove Gundogan more. He threatens to fail for the Premier League match against Liverpool this weekend. Because of problems on the back thigh he was replaced prematurely in Sinsheim. "It does not look that bad yet, tomorrow ultrasound, then we know more," said Gündogan. Asked about the upcoming internationals, the midfielder replied: "I'm more worried about Sunday's game because it's very important. I have no idea, you have to wait there. "
Pep Guardiola meanwhile stopped abruptly on the way to the press conference and looked at the television screen with the game of Bayern against Ajax Amsterdam. But then the head coach of Manchester City was quickly back to Manchester City. Although the English champions scored a mighty 2-1 win at Hoffenheim and only won by a late goal from David Silva, Guardiola was full of praise for his team. "We do not have much experience in the Champions League. Today we have learned a lot for the future of this club, "said the 47-year-old Spaniard.
Never has Manchester brought the pot in the premier class. "In this competition you will not be rolled out the red carpet," said the former Munich head coach and referred to the successful history of clubs such as Juventus or Real Madrid. He himself won the most important club competition in the world in 2009 and 2011 with FC Barcelona.
Immediately after the final whistle on Tuesday night was Guardiola hastened towards Julian Nagelsmann and hugged his young colleague. The city coach paid tribute to his 31-year-old colleague, especially as the hosts were missing ten injured. "I learned a lot today," said Guardiola. "Despite the many failures, we have done quite well," said Nagelsmann. "Tactically, that was a very good performance from us."
In front of 24,851 spectators in the Sinsheim Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Ishak Belfodil even put the Kraichgauer into the lead after just 44 seconds. But then the guests turned on the strong German international Leroy Sané and came through Sergio Aguero (8th minute) to compensate. A mistake by Stefan Posch in the 87th minute helped the former Spanish champion Silva to the winner. "Of course it was very bitter that the mistake happened in such a game. City has exploited that ice cold, "said the disappointed Posch.
Manchester's first win in the group stage was followed by a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyon at the start. The team of Nagelsmann now expects the French to the next home game on 23 October. Since the TSG has so far only one point from 2: 2 at Shakhtar Donetsk on the account, she is there already under pressure.