Ilkay Gundogan believes Chelsea’s Champions League success can benefit Germany at Euro 2020.
The Manchester City midfielder was on the losing side as the Blues took home the trophy with a 1-0 win.
Kai Havertz was the hero for the London club with the decisive goal, while Germany team-mates Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger played key roles in the triumph.
Although Gundogan was devastated to lose, he feels the Chelsea players will bring a confidence boost to the Germany squad.
“The Champions League win gives players a boost, gives them confidence,” he told reporters. “Especially Kai, who scored the winner, will have been given a massive boost, which we can use to help us as a team. I’m happy for them, they deserved it.”
On his side’s disappointment, Gundogan added:
“It’s not easy to stomach a defeat like this. We worked all year to get there – eight years for me. I lost the final again, and I’m extremely gutted about that, but life goes on, that’s the beauty of competitive sport.
“I had a few days off, which I needed I made good use of them. Now I’m focusing on the tasks at hand and I can look forward to the tournament, despite defeat in the final.”