Only way is up, says Kompany
- Tue 24 May 2011, 8:49AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Well, that's this season done then! The blue ticker tape has hardly been cleared off the streets but already the talk is of next season's challenge for Roberto's Wembley winners.
They continue: "Kompany knows more is expected next term and before a parade that started in Manchester city centre and ended with a massive firework display at Eastlands, the Belgium defender spelled out the way forward.
"'We had a good season but the reality is we didn't finish champions, so there is obviously a gap between first place and second and third,'" he said.
"'We will do everything we can to bridge that gap. If the club decides to buy it will make sense but hopefully this team will be stronger, regardless of that.'"
Tribalfootball.com have the quotes from Captain Fantastic: "In my mind, there was never a question as to whether I would be there.
"It is a great day for Sheikh Mansour, who has given so much to the club, and also the fans, who have waited so long and so patiently, as well as the players who have given their all to make this possible.
No-one had to persuade me to be here. I simply wouldn't have missed this event
Quite. And neither would fans' favourite Balotelli but for "family reasons", Brian Kidd is reported as saying after the unpredictable striker and his labrador Lucky missed the bus.
Some papers fear he is in trouble - "Balotelli in hot water as he ducks Cup parade," announces the Mail's back page - but hereisthecity.co.uk take their cue from a Guardian report.
They explain: "Mario Balotelli will not face sanctions after missing Manchester City's end-of-season celebrations in order to return to Italy for private family reasons.
"Prone to bouts of homesickness, Balotelli can be a law unto himself at times but he had apparently been looking forward to welcoming relatives to Manchester for Monday night's festivities and even went to the unprecedented trouble of booking his pet dog a place on the bus.
"Club officials confirmed he would not be fined for his no-shows and had a legitimate reason for heading to Italy after being an unused substitute during the team's 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers on Sunday."