Kompany ready for run-in
- 01 April 2013 08:18
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
As one would expect, City stories are light on the ground this Easter Monday morning.
A bit of a rummage around though does reveal a few reports concerning the Blues, including a call from captain Vincent Kompany for a strong finish to the season.
The skipper has been speaking after his return to competitive club action after spending over two months on the side-lines with a calf injury.
“Kompany concedes retaining their title looks unlikely with Manchester United so far ahead,” reports Sky Sports News.
“But the centre-back points to their fine end to the 2010-11 season as one of the reasons they clinched the title last year.”
Kompany said: “I feel there is still a lot to look forward to.”
“Whichever way we finish this season might set us up for the next one.
“I always remember the way we finished the season before last. We ended on equal points with Chelsea, which was a massive boost, secured a place in the Champions League and also won the FA Cup.
“The year after that we went on to win the title. The end of one season has an impact on how you start the next one.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted even his best players would have struggled against an inspired City side on Saturday.
“The Magpies went into the clash depleted by injuries to key players such as Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheikh Tiote and those absences proved telling as the hosts outclassed their opponents,” reports goal.com.
“However, speaking to reporters after the game, Pardew suggested that even a full strength Newcastle line-up may have struggled to cope with a Manchester City side determined not to end their season with a whimper.”
Finally, according to The Sun, on loan City defender Wayne Bridge is at the centre of a ‘transfer tug of war,’ between Championship rivals Cardiff and Brighton.
“The Manchester City defender has spent the season on loan with the Seagulls after being frozen out at the Etihad,” writes Colin Trott.
“And boss Gus Poyet is keen to make the move permanent in the summer if his side gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.
“But Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has also sounded out the ex-England left back’s about a switch to the Welsh capital.”