Friday 21 September 2018

Kompany hungry for more

City's Belgian captain has desire for more success under Guardiola

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany celebrates after his side lifted the Premier League title at the Etihad last Sunday. Photo: Reuters
CHAMPIONS AGAIN: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany celebrates after his side lifted the Premier League title at the Etihad last Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany lifted the Premier League title for the third time on Sunday then declared himself "more hungry than ever".

Pep Guardiola's men got their hands on the trophy and their winners' medals after their penultimate home game of the season against Huddersfield, having been confirmed as champions three weeks earlier.

While many, including Guardiola, were celebrating a maiden top-flight title in England, 32-year-old Kompany was enjoying a third with City following successes in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Completing that hat-trick seemed unlikely for the Belgium international given he made just 25 Premier League appearances across the previous two campaigns due to injury.

Kompany had further problems at the start of this season too but he stressed he was keen to be involved in more glorious days at the Etihad Stadium in the future.

Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany of Manchester City celebrate with The Premier League Trophy. Photo: Getty Images
Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany of Manchester City celebrate with The Premier League Trophy. Photo: Getty Images

"I wanted to be a part of this very, very special team," he said. "I'm truly so happy. I'm more hungry than ever to do well in this team and to be able to just help them, help the young guys improve, help the team be better."

Kompany was injured for Sunday's stalemate with Huddersfield, when City missed the opportunity to break Premier League records for the most wins, goals and points. However, there was a return in central defence for England international John Stones, who was making his first club appearance in two months and his first Premier League start since January.

England boss Gareth Southgate was at the Etihad watching a player that is likely to be integral to his World Cup plans and Stones expressed his relief at coming off the sidelines.

"It was frustrating, I had a bit of bad luck," he said.

John Stones returned to action for Manchester City against Huddersfield after two months out. He said: "The concussion coming back from England, then I got ill, so that kind of had just a knock-on effect. I came back in, was training and got injured so it wasn't an easy time.

"I've got good people around me and good team-mates. It was good to get back out there, I really enjoyed it."

The season when Kompany won his first title with City, Stones made just a pair of substitute appearances with Barnsley.

Now the 23-year-old is the owner of a Premier League winners' medal too.

"It doesn't seem real; you're used to watching it on the TV," Stones added.

"It will sink in, I think, eventually but I'm just going to try and enjoy it and think about the season and what everyone's done."

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