“Technically, he was always great, and now he has a cool head. The way he scored goals is amazing. “For me, he is the top and most real forward in the world at the moment.”

Gundogan: Lewandowski is the best striker currently

Ilkay Gundogan singled out his former Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski best striker, currently active in world football. From 2011 to 2014, the stars of Germany and Poland shared three seasons in the Signal Iduna park under the direction of Jürgen Klopp. Together they helped the Dortmund players to take the Bundesliga title in 2011-12, and the next season they went all the way to the Champions League final, where they lost 2-1 from the opponents of Bayern Munich in a heartbreaking defeat. After that, Lewandowski moved to Bayern Munich in 2014, and two years later, Gundogan followed him from the exit door to join Pep Guardiola in Manchester City. But even though he regularly lines up next to quality goalkeeper Sergio Aguero, he admits that the Pole is the complete striker in the game.

Klopp’s philosophy: ice-cold in front of the goal

“It was a great joy to play with him. He improved himself again and again,” Gundogan told reporters. “Technically, he was always great, and now he has a cool head. The way he scored goals is amazing. “For me, he is the top and most real forward in the world at the moment.” Gundogan also had glowing praise for the current Liverpool boss. Klopp, emphasizing German attention to detail, is to make Dortmund such a finely tuned machine during his holding. “Jurgen’s ideology? Getting the ball back, a quick controlling game, combinations, and then ice-cold in front of the goal,” he added.” In the final training session, before the crucial games, it was very intense. Klopp complained when it failed.”

The mood in our team was positive

The harmony of that Dortmund team was also crucial for the midfielder, who recalled that the fights between the players were almost exceptional. “For years, I can only remember one argument. It was an incident a year earlier between Lucas Barrios and Lewandowski in the dressing room,” he explained. “Otherwise, the mood was positive. We were a whole, homogeneous team.” Gundogan formed a regular part of Guardiola’s Man City plans this season, playing 40 matches and scoring five goals in all games before the campaign was stopped due to an outbreak of coronavirus.