Sky Sports: Kompany out to enjoy "huge pressure"
- 04 June 2014 07:50
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
The World Cup kicks off in just over a week, and Vincent Kompany has vowed to enjoy every minute.
The City and Belgium skipper is heading to the finals for the first time, but believes that the “luck” his country have had in producing so much talent in his generation is no surprise, and they will do it again.
Sky Sports quote Kompany as saying: “I did say 10 years ago that we had quality because in all the youth teams I played in [for Anderlecht] we never lost in big European tournaments. Even when we were facing Real Madrid or PSG, we always won youth tournaments. So it never felt strange to me
"Why should we be the best when we are young, but then go into the senior team and all of a sudden we are worse? I always believed there was quality in our generation.
"But I believe that because we have had that luck it is now going to start up a system whereby we will produce more again. I think we will have a good Belgium team for a longer period of time than we had before."
He added: "It is a huge pressure but I like it. We could only dream of this opportunity 10 years ago. Now we have got it, I plan to enjoy it."
Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko reckons Bosnia are ready for Brazil after completing their preparation with a 1-0 victory over Mexico in the early hours.
He told ESPN: 'I think it's definitely good for our confidence. To win against Mexico, against their great fans as well, it's a great win for us.
'Now we are well prepared for the World Cup.
We want to give our best there and try to get to the second round and then we'll see.'
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that Roy Hodgson is preparing to use James Milner as a right back for England’s friendly against Ecuador this evening.
Having only selected Glen Johnson who plays the position naturally, the Three Lions boss has decided it’s time to experiment – and the sticky heat of Miami is the perfect place to do it.
Writes Matt Law: “Roy Hodgson is ready to call on James Milner’s versatility to expand his England options in the stifling heat of the World Cup.
“Despite admitting that he selected Milner predominantly as a midfielder in his 23-man squad, the England manager believes the Manchester City player can give him an alternative at right-back in the stamina-sapping clashes in Brazil and will trial him in that role on Wednesday night in the second World Cup warm-up game, against Ecuador in Miami.
“‘James has got the qualities to play right-back,’ said Hodgson. ‘There may be moments in the World Cup where we’d like to use him there. This will give him some experience.
“He’s in the squad as a right or left-sided midfield player and that’s where we see him mostly, but it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on at right-back."
...Hodgson on Milner...
"'He’s played there before for Manchester City.’”
It is transfer season, so don’t think you’re getting away without another set of offerings from the rumour mill which is currently working overtime.
The latest move in the media’s Cesc Fabregas hokey-cokey comes from website Goal.com, which claims that City are ready to make a £30m bid for the Barcelona midfielder.
This news comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s report from the Mirror that City weren’t interested in the former Arsenal man – so, make all of this what you will!
Reports Wayne Veysey: “Manchester City are preparing to table a £30 million offer for Cesc Fabregas amid interest from his former club Arsenal, Goal understands.
“The Premier League champions have decided to make a formal move for the Barcelona midfielder, who has been told he can leave Camp Nou this summer.
“City are ready to bid imminently for Fabregas in an attempt to lure the 27-year-old back to the Premier League, while Goal also understands Arsenal have not ruled out a move for their former captain, with the Gunners closely monitoring his situation.”
Another familiar name remains in the City headlines, with the Mirror reporting that the Blues are close to landing Porto midfielder Fernando for a fee of £15m, but may have to play a waiting game with his teammate Eliaquim Mangala until after the World Cup.
David Anderson writes: “City have been tracking Fernando since last season and failed with a move in January.
“They were always confident of landing the Brazilian-born holding midfielder, who now has Portuguese citizenship, even though he signed a contract extension until 2017 in February.
“Fernando, 26, is not part of Portugal's World Cup squad because FIFA refused him clearance to switch national allegiance and is free to travel to Manchester for his medical.
“City also want his Porto clubmate Eliaquim Mangala, but the coveted French centre-half wants to decide his future after the World Cup.
“Mangala is aware of City’s interest and wants to wait to see if any of Europe’s other top clubs bid for him.”
That’s your lot for today, but see you tomorrow for more of the same as the Rio countdown continues…