Wednesday 13 December 2017

Pellegrini not worried by Kompany's state of mind

Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany

Andy Hampson Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns about captain Vincent Kompany's form or state of mind.

 The defender's difficult season took another turn for the worse as he was sent off playing for Belgium in midweek.

That came after a series of indifferent performances and mistakes for City, some of which led to him being left on the bench for a game against Leicester last month.

Pellegrini said: "I don't worry about Vincent because I know him. He knows perfectly in the way he must play. "I don't know about the sending off because I didn't see it but I think he improved a lot with our team in the last game so I don't worry about him. There are not any problems."

Kompany was at fault for a goal conceded in the loss at Liverpool on March 1 and his subsequent omission for the visit of Leicester fuelled reports of a dressing-room row with team-mate Fernandinho.

The 28-year-old has been back in the side for the past three games but the scrutiny of his form - and that of several team-mates - has not eased. City now look unlikely to retain their Premier League crown and it has been claimed the club could be preparing to make major changes to the squad in the summer.

One player under the microscope has been playmaker Samir Nasri, who was left out of the squad to face West Brom last time out after a poor showing in the previous game at Barcelona.

But Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview Monday's trip to Crystal Palace, played down the reasons for his absence. The Chilean said: "He is a player of our squad. In this moment we have the complete squad fit, so when you have the complete squad fit you must have two or three names out of the squad list in the next game. It can be for different reasons, whether it is physical or tactical."

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