Kompany ignored advice to put Man City on verge of title

A 14th consecutive league win for Guardiola’s side at Brighton will mean they will retain the Premier League title


Reuters May 07, 2019
City manager Pep Guardiola said he was one of those urging his captain not to shoot but praised the impact Kompany has had on the club. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER: “I’ve had 15 years of top-level midfielders telling me not to shoot but I always told them one day I am going to have a shot from outside the box and I’m going to score a goal.”

City manager Pep Guardiola said he was one of those urging his captain not to shoot but praised the impact Kompany has had on the club.

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“There are players who help us to be who were are today — Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany,” Guardiola said.

“When he (Kompany) is fit, he is an incredible centre-back. Not just for the goal. He is a leader. I am happy for him for the club, and for everyone.”

Guardiola also said a new contract for Kompany will be discussed at the end of the season.

“We spoke with him one month ago. We are going to take a beer together (at the end of the season) and decide what is best, especially for the club.”

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A 14th consecutive league win for City at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday will mean they will retain the Premier League title for the first time in the club’s history, but Guardiola said the pressure is still very much on his side.

“Liverpool play without pressure because they know it is not in their hands,” Guardiola added. “It is easy. We have the pressure.

“Brighton got a result against Arsenal. We ... know how tough it will be. They are strong with set-pieces. It is in our hands, one more game.”

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