Cometh the hour...
- Tue 03 Apr 2012, 9:31AM
- Posted by David Clayton
When the chips are down true leaders step to the fore – in Vincent Kompany, City are blessed with not only one of the best defenders in Europe, but a man who will drive the Blues to success.
Though City now sit five points adrift of leaders Manchester United, Kompany will not allow his team to fizzle out while there is still a chance of winning the title.
David McDonnell concentrates on Kompany’s thinking in his Daily Mirror feature in which the Belgian skipper spells out in no uncertain terms what a season with nothing to show would mean for the Blues.
McDonnell writes: “City finished fifth in 2010, third last season and are likely to finish no worse than second this term, but Kompany said that was not enough.
‘It’s all about winning trophies ultimately,’ said Kompany. ‘That’s the only thing we want. Not just one trophy, but everything, and that’s what we have to play for every single year, and we’re getting the club to that stage.
For three or four years now we have always improved, this year we’ve improved again. Hopefully we can win the title
‘If not, which I don’t count on, we’ll be there, we’ll keep improving next season and it should be there soon. With what we have shown at home for the past year or more, we can be disappointed [with the Sunderland result].
‘For two or three days everyone is going to be disappointed, everyone will feel as if we have lost it. But in the next three or four days we’re going to start believing again, because there’s no other choice.’”
McDonnell continues his piece, with the captain backing his boss – when so many stories today are aiming slingshots at Roberto Mancini (City’s most successful boss for 35 years).
He continues: “Mancini has come in for criticism of his tactics and approach in recent weeks, with City taking just five points from a possible 12.
“But Kompany defended the Italian, saying: ‘He’s very clear in what he brings across to the players, always positive. Ultimately he gives tactical advice, because we need to know where to stand.
‘We didn’t do too well [against Sunderland] but we need to play in a way we can dismantle the other team and usually it works well. When you play with great players like this, you feel there will always be a moment when they can make something happen.
‘But the reality is that you have to work hard for it and for long parts [against Sunderland] we didn’t do enough.
‘The disappointment is there, but I’ll be the first one back at the training ground to get their heads back up because we have to believe.’”
Kompany ends the piece with: “I look to the future and it’s not going to be long before we win the title, I can guarantee this.”
Reassuring words we probably all want to hear this morning. And this title race isn’t over yet…