Gundogan demands total focus

07 March 2018 04:13:46 EST

German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insists there is the potential in the Manchester City squad for even more improvement.

Pep Guardiola's team are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table having won 25 of their 29 matches so far this season, while they lifted the League Cup less than a fortnight ago and have all but confirmed their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Last month they triumphed in the first leg of their round of 16 clash in Switzerland against Basel 4-0 and can be backed at 10/1 to win the second leg on Wednesday by the same scoreline.

City need a maximum of four victories from their remaining nine league matches to wrap up their first top-flight title under Guardiola and Gundogan, 4/1 to score at any time against Basel, hopes there will be no letting up in the team's intensity in the last two months of the campaign.

"I don't know if it would be good to win the (Premier) League too early," he said. "Obviously we want to win it and, if we do, when that happens it is not really in our hands.

"But you need rhythm, and to always play seriously. You should always try to play in a serious way. If you are able to win the league quite early, you can lose that seriousness for the Champions League, maybe.

"We are still on a journey. We are not where we want to be but we are happy with how it's going at the moment. We have more potential to achieve."

Manchester City can be backed at 4/5 to keep a clean sheet against Basel while they are available at 12121/1 to win the Champions League this season.

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