Thursday 14 December 2017

Kompany won't give up on Premier title dream

Vincent Kompany. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Vincent Kompany. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Captain Vincent Kompany has emphasised Manchester City will be battling on for the Premier League title this season knowing they have pulled off significant comebacks to win it before.

Sunday's 2-1 home loss to Tottenham left City in fourth place, six points behind leaders Leicester with 12 rounds of fixtures to go.

The Blues claimed the title in 2011-12 and 2013-14 despite having been eight and seven points off the top respectively with six games left to play.

Kompany was part of both of those triumphs, and said after the Tottenham defeat: "Nobody is allowed to give up on anything.

"It's a setback but we wouldn't know our personal history well if we didn't expect to still kick on from here."

Tottenham opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium in the 53rd minute via a penalty controversially awarded when referee Mark Clattenburg judged Raheem Sterling to have been guilty of handball.

The hosts bounced back from the spot-kick scored by Harry Kane as substitute Kelechi Iheanacho's strike made it 1-1 in the 74th minute, but a Christian Eriksen effort seven minutes from time ensured Spurs claimed all three points.

While disappointed by the outcome, Kompany feels there were positives he and his team-mates could take from the contest.

He said: "We're obviously disappointed with the result but if you look at the game, while Tottenham played well, they've not had many chances. I thought we looked pretty solid.

"We need to take some positives out of this performance."

What directly contributed to the team's solidity was Kompany's return to action, the influential centre-half - hampered by calf problems this season - making his first start since early November.

Regarding his fitness, the 29-year-old Belgium international said: "I feel great. I've worked extremely hard.

"There's always that part that people don't see, the thing you do behind the scenes, and for me it's been grafting and just making sure I get the most out of the rest of this season and the rest of my years where I can be at the top.

"So physically I feel good - although I've got to be honest, the last five minutes I was blowing a little bit."

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