To open the UYL blog, we have an exclusive interview with Manchester City and England U18’s goalkeeper Angus Gunn.
Son of the Norwich City goalkeeping legend, Bryan Gunn, Angus joined City in July 2011 from the Canaries. Since then, he has appeared in all three of the sides’ matches in this year’s UEFA Youth League so far, conceding just two goals.
Gunn has also made appearances at various England youth levels. The 17 year old was called up to the England U18 squad for a friendly earlier this month against Hungary. Before that, he made six appearances for the U17 squad and four for the U16 side.
The shot-stopper talked to UYL blog about the competition so far and his future ambitions.
What have you made of the three UEFA Youth League matches you have played in so far?
I’ve loved the UEFA Youth League so far, it’s been a great experience for all of our team. We have done very well so far and I hope that can continue.
Your 6-0 win over Bayern Munich was very impressive, what did Patrick Viera have to say after the game?
It was a very good game from all of our team. We done our homework and we knew what we had to do to win. After the game Patrick just told us we played the perfect game, scoring six goals and keeping a clean sheet. We were all ecstatic.
Do you believe that your side has the quality to go all the way in this year’s competition?
I think it’s hard to say at this stage, but I think we definitely have the team spirit and the quality to go on and win the trophy. We have to just take every game as it comes and not get ahead of ourselves.
Who are the players to watch out for most in your team?
I think we have a very strong team in every area of the pitch. Obviously Marco Lopes has had a great start to the competition scoring 5 goals. I think if we can keep it tight at the back we know we will score goals.
How does the standard compare to when you have played for England U17s?
It is a quite similar experience to playing international football because every team plays in a different way and you have to adapt to that. Also you get to know faces of other players from around Europe [who] you have played against before.
What are your current ambitions and where do you see yourself moving on from the UEFA Youth League?
My current ambitions are obviously to try and win the UEFA Youth League with Man City. I can also play in the competition next year so I hope to learn a lot from this year also. In the future I dream of playing in the main competition with all the best players. When we go and watch the first team and you see them walk out to the Champions League anthem, it gives you goosebumps and I dream of experiencing that one day.
Manchester City have certainly started life well in Group D of the UEFA Youth League. Two wins and a draw currently puts them top of their group on goal difference above CSKA Moscow, largely thanks to that impressive six goal drubbing of Bayern Munich.
There is a long way to go but City are already one of the early favourites to be triumphant in this year’s competition. And although there are likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid to get past, if Gunn keeps up his solid start to the tournament, the Citizens will be in for great chance of success.