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Pep Guardiola: Captain Vincent Kompany will be ready for Manchester City's trip to Palace

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 30 December 2017 07:43

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is expected to be available for Sunday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace after manager Pep Guardiola said the injury suffered by the defender against Newcastle United was only a minor knock.

Kompany, who has suffered a series of injury setbacks over the last two years, was substituted after 10 minutes at St James' Park before City went on to win 1-0 to extend their lead to 15 points at the top of league table.
"Vincent is not as bad as we thought," said Guardiola. "He will be ready for the next fixtures. We will know exactly tomorrow, but it is not a big issue."

Guardiola also added that Fabian Delph could be fit for Palace but defender John Stones, who is out of action with a hamstring injury, is not yet ready to play a full 90 minutes.
"Fabian was not fit for Newcastle, but he is much better now. We will see. Fabian is a similar case to Vincent - he knows his body," the manager said.

"John Stones is also much better. I think he will be fit for the next game [Watford] which is huge news for us."

City have won a record 18 consecutive league games, with midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and winger Raheem Sterling attracting particular praise for their performances. However, Guardiola highlighted defender Nicolas Otamendi's contributions as the key reason for their recent success.
"Everybody has spoken about a lot of players like Raheem, Kevin, Sergio [Aguero], they deserve it, but if I can point some attention to a player who deserves the respect is Nico.

"He has been amazing - he is one of the hugest competitors I have ever seen in my life. I cannot imagine the situation we are in at the moment in terms of the table without him. It would have been impossible."

Cautious Kompany reminds leaders City of 2012 United meltdown

Published in England Premier League
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 08:59

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has used Manchester United's late title meltdown during the 2011/12 season as a cautionary example to remind his team mates that there is no room for complacency in the Premier League title race.

United held an eight-point lead at the top of the table in 2012, before losing two and drawing one of their final six league games to allow City to get back into the race and eventually, seal the title on the final day of the campaign.

Kompany, who was instrumental to City's dramatic comeback six seasons ago, is wary of a similar collapse from the league leaders this campaign and is eager to keep his team mates grounded despite their 12-point lead atop the table.

"I don't know if everyone will remember but it was six games left and we were eight points behind, so that's why I am always the first to come in and say, 'No, guys, we can't really take the foot off the gas'," Kompany told British media.

"I really don't want that.

"We push, we push, we push, and no one has the right to let their performance down or their guard down."

Manager Pep Guardiola's side extended their record-breaking winning streak to 17 league games with a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth last weekend and Kompany is keen to maintain the high with a win at Newcastle United later on Wednesday.

"We have to keep it going," the Belgian added.

"When you are on such a run you want to put it aside straight away and think about the next one, because you know how little it takes to lose that special feeling.

"So we have gone into Christmas with a feeling of duty towards the game at Newcastle and with a happy feeling."

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