Will Ilkay Gundogan become a top coach? There are more and more coaches who can be called pupils of Pep Guardiola. Mikel Arteta fought Manchester City for the title with Arsenal, Xavi won La Liga in his first full season with Barcelona and Vincent Kompany brought Burnley back to the Premier League. And these are just the most striking examples, but there are also, for example, Xabi Alonso, who worked with Guardiola at Bayern and is now building a wonderful Bayer
Who is next? Possibly Ilkay Gundogan
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Ilkay Gundogan is one of the few who have worked with Klopp, Tuchel and Pep
At Borussia, Gundogan worked with Klopp for four seasons, with Tuchel for another year, and in 2016 he became the first newcomer to Manchester City after the appointment of Pep Guardiola. Ilkay was often asked about the coaches, he spoke well of each, but he always chose Pep.
It is not at all surprising that working with such masters motivated Gundogan to study to be a coach. “I think I’d be crazy if I didn’t even consider becoming a coach by working with the best in the world,” Gundogan told Football Manager’s YouTube channel. “I want to get trained, get experience and just try to see if it’s right for me.”
Pep adores Ilkay Gundogan for flexibility, intelligence and selflessness
Gundogan’s contract with Man City runs until the summer, and rumors are persistently sending Ilkay to Barcelona. After the question about the possible departure of the captain, Guardiola did not hold back his emotions: “I love him. I adore him. I’m married, but I love him! Ilkay is a very important player. Human, quiet leader. And yet, when he speaks, everyone listens. This is a perfectly formed footballer. An attacking midfielder with a nose for goals and assists. Gundogan is very smart, he is always in the right position and he can also play as a defensive midfielder. Ilkay is an outstanding player in every way.”
Gundogan at Guardiola played both in the support zone, and in the center of midfield, and closer to the attack. Pep greatly appreciates his versatility and understanding of the game. “He is such a smart guy, such a smart player! Guardiola praised. – One of the main qualities that I appreciate in footballers is intelligence. I like players who understand what is happening on the field and quickly solve problems – both in defense and in attack. Thanks to this, Ilkay can play in different positions. He is very stable in the support zone, but can be dangerous in the penalty area as well.”
Gundogan has repeatedly said that he will try to become a coach
In December 2021, Gundogan applied for a coaching license. He was included in the first set of the German Football Association’s Players Pathway project, which prepares players for retirement and allows them to obtain a UEFA B+ license. The main advantage of the course is that many of its sections can be taken online. Sami Khedira, Christoph Kramer and Lars Stindl studied in the same stream with Ilkay. Gundogan. Do you believe that Gundogan will become a great coach?