Ilkay Gündogan hoping Borussia Dortmund can pull off an upset in the Champions League final

Ilkay Gündogan
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Ilkay Gündogan has said that he will be cheering for former club Borussia Dortmund to pull off an upset against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.

Borussia Dortmund are set to make their first Champions League final appearance since 2013 on Saturday as they take on Real Madrid at the Wembley Stadium. The Black and Yellows will be keen for a better result than in the 2013 final against Bayern Munich. And Ilkay Gündogan, who was part of the BVB team in that game, is hopeful that they can pull off an upset this time around.

Gündogan now plays for Real Madrid's arch-rivals FC Barcelona. And the midfielder has stated will be keeping his fingers crossed for Edin Terzic's side this weekend. "For the upcoming final against Real, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Dortmund will win the trophy this time. They tend to be the underdogs, but in a final played over just 90 minutes, they can easily pull off a surprise," Gündogan said in an interview with WAZ.

Ilkay Gündogan spent five years at Borussia Dortmund and made 157 appearances for the club before moving to Manchester City in 2016. Now at FC Barcelona, the 33 year old believes that he has learned a lot from the heartbreak of the 2013 Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.

"It took me a while to digest that defeat against Bayern. It caused a sleepless night or two. I was devastated afterwards. Looking back, we players have certainly grown from it and I learned a lot from it for my own career."

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Gündogan helped Manchester City win the Champions League title last season. He will now hope that his former club Borussia Dortmund can come out on top on Saturday and win Europe's premier club competition for the second time in their history.