Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan accepts manager Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy.
The German was an unused substitute at Newcastle before Christmas, before playing the full 90 minutes in the Boxing Day clash with Leicester. He was left on the bench again at Brentford as Guardiola rotated over the Christmas week, but only played the last 28 minutes next time out at Arsenal. He started and scored in the FA Cup win at Swindon, before returning to the bench against Chelsea at the weekend.
“It is one thing to be as a team, but individually we also have to keep very high levels because if you don’t play well or are out of form or lose focus you’re not going to play,” he said.
“You will lose your place. We have a wealth of talent in the squad and a lot of players so you have to take responsibility to ensure you’re always in the best level to play.
“We have a big squad with amazing players so every time you play, you have to be ready and at the top of your game. If not and you struggle you may be out for four or five games. Be ready for every single one and if every single one does that we are a team that can have all the different competitions because we’ll always be ready to go and be able to win a lot of games.”