Kompany: I always come back stronger after injury
- 16 February 2016 08:02
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
Vincent Kompany has revealed his positive mental attitude helped him to overcome a difficult few months - and now, he's stronger than ever.
The City skipper asserts he is back to full fitness, and is eager to put his injury problems behind him as he looks to make the most of his remaining career.
Quoted in several media outlets this morning - including the Guardian - the Belgian explained: "I prepared in the right way.
"If you could see me when I am not playing, you would understand why I say I always come back stronger.
"I found out what the problem might be and it’s not something that should be a problem for the long term. I need to manage it for the first few months but that is one thing I have got out of the last six weeks.
"Some people get their heads down and start whining about why they are not playing.
"I am thinking I could have been a bit quicker or a bit more mobile or I could have worked on this or that. I do that all the time while injured – and that is why I come back stronger.
"I’ve worked extremely hard. There’s always that part that people don’t see, the things you do behind the scenes. I’ve just been grafting to make sure I get the most out of the rest of this season and the rest of my years.
"I look after everything now. I have got a certain amount of time left to play and want to make the most out of it. I don’t want to let anything slip."
Although the defender was delighted to return to action against Spurs on Sunday, he was of course disappointed with the result - but, as we reported after the game, he isn't giving up hope of lifting a third Premier League title.
"We’re really disappointed that we gave away two or three chances to concede two goals," he reflected. "Other than that, we need to take some positives out of this performance. No one is allowed to give up on anything.
"It’s a setback but we wouldn’t know our personal history well if we didn’t expect us to kick on from here. This Premier League is crazy and that’s why we’re not going to give up."
On the subject of City's title hopes, the Manchester Evening News have pinpointed five games they feel could be crucial.
Anthony Jepson states: "Wins from all of their remaining games would give them 83 points - considerably more than it took to win the league in the three seasons with the lowest winning totals since the format changed to 38 games.
"United won it with 75 and 79 points in 1997 and 1999 respectively and Arsenal took the crown in the intervening year with 78.
"Given the tight nature of this year’s contest and the inconsistency all teams have displayed, it is likely to be a similarly low total that takes the prize this season."
The matches the MEN have deemed 'must-wins' are: Liverpool away, United at home, Chelsea away, Stoke at home and of course, Arsenal at home.
In other news, the Mirror claim City are set to do battle with neighbours United for Sadio Mane's signature in summer.
Writes Alex Crook: "Saints resisted Manchester United’s attempts to prise Mane away from St Mary’s last summer.
"But boss Ronald Koeman is now willing to sell the Senegal forward – also wanted by Manchester City – if the bumper asking price is met.
"Mane has suffered a dip in form – going 15 Premier League games without a goal – and Koeman is unsure if he fits into Saints’ new system.
"Mane, 23, has scored 13 goals in 54 league games since joining Saints from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in an £11.8m deal in the 2014 summer transfer window."
That's all for today!