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29th Oct 2023

Ilkay Gundogan questions Barcelona’s reaction after El Clasico defeat

Callum Boyle

Ilkay Gündoğan

‘That’s the problem’

Ilkay Gündoğan has hit out at his Barcelona teammates for their reaction after their last-minute El Clasico defeat.

Gündoğan gave the hosts the lead before two late goals from Jude Bellingham shocked La Blaugrana, who remain third in LaLiga and four points behind their fierce rivals.

Xavi’s side dominated the game and had the better of the chances, hitting the woodwork twice, but ultimately came unstuck as Bellingham continued his impressive start to life at Madrid.

While Gündoğan couldn’t hide his disappointment at the gut-wrenching defeat in Catalonia, he criticised his teammates after feeling that some of them weren’t as upset as they should’ve been.

“Of course people are disappointed but after such a big game, and such result, I wish there was more anger, frustration and disappointment,” he revealed.

“There has to be more emotion, especially when you lose.

“You know you can do better in certain situations and you don’t react, and this transfers to the pitch at the end of the day.”

Barcelona have now dropped points in three of their last five league games and the former Manchester City said that improvement is needed urgently.

He added: “We need to make huge step or Real Madrid or Girona is going to run away.

“I didn’t come here to lose these types of games or let a gap be created [at the top of the table].”

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