Guardian: Kompany demands Allianz Arena encore
- 15 September 2014 07:33
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Two days later and debate still rages on whether Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates was more valuable to Arsenal or City’s title chances.
I wouldn’t expect any kind of consensus to be forthcoming, so let’s shift out focus to Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League opener against Bayern Munich.
Of course City were victorious last time they travelled to the Allianz Arena, coming back from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2 and there’s no reason they can’t win again this week – so says Vincent Kompany in this morning’s Guardian.
“This is the first game of the Champions League, an away game against one of the hardest teams to play in the world right now,” Kompany declared.
“But we should take confidence out of the last game we played in Munich. We’re up for the challenge.”
Manuel Pellegrini said: “Bayern are the most strong team but my team has a great personality to try to win everywhere. We showed that against Arsenal [on Saturday].
“Last season, we lost three early away games to Cardiff, Aston Villa and Chelsea but we went on to beat Bayern in Munich and I think we were the team who won the most away points in the second round of the Premier League.
“We have the personality to try to play everywhere in the same way. If we continue like this, it will be a very close game against Bayern.”
Seeing as we’ve played the German giants as many times as we’ve faced QPR over the last three seasons, their squad should be pretty familiar to you by now…
News has emerged that Munich will be without one of their key defensive components for Match Day One as Holger Badstuber tore a thigh muscle this weekend.
“The Germany international went down during Bayern's 2-0 Bundesliga win over VfB Stuttgart and initial reports were that it was a small niggle,” reports the Daily Express.
“But further tests have shown the 25-year-old now needs surgery, just weeks after returning from a 20-month injury layoff recovering from consecutive cruciate ligament damage.
"Obviously I am very disappointed at the moment," Badstuber said in a statement.
"But I have learned meanwhile how to deal with these situations. I will not give up and do not worry I will come back and pick up where I left off after my long injury break,"
Don’t get too excited about that one, Pep Guardiola will still be able to call upon the services of Messrs Alaba, Boateng, Dante and Lahm…
Finally for today, Kompany believes that Yaya Toure will join him in signing a new long-term contract in the near future.
The Ivorian was said to be unhappy at the club over the summer but that’s all behind him now, judging from quotes attributed to the City skipper in the Daily Mail.
“This is a very strong sign. All of these players could play for one of the three biggest clubs in the world and they decided to have faith in City.
“'I‘ve had a strong relationship with City for years and the decision to extend was normal. I’m looking to the future.”
Obviously you’ll read of any further contract renewals first here on the official website.
That’s all for today –Bayern build-up to come over the next 48 hours here on mcfc.co.uk.
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