Manchester City's Vincent Kompany Confident in His Team's Chances
Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, says the quality of City’s squad makes him confident they'll be successful in the coming season.
Having spent almost £90 million adding Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo to an already star-studded lineup, the Belgian is expecting City to be in the shake-up for the major prizes come May.
Kompany, a key component in this City side, also acknowledged the hard work his team has put in during the preseason and feels that will be a benefit when the new season starts.
He told the club’s official website:
It puts a smile on my face because there is nothing better than to know you are going to be competing for some of the most wanted prizes in the world, and we have the team to do it.
I hope we will take all of the work we have done, take it into the season and use it to make us stronger.
It has been a problem for English teams, and ourselves definitely, coping with the Champions League, the Premier League and all of the other competitions.
We have changed our approach a little bit, so we will see at the end of the season.
It’s difficult to argue with Kompany’s sentiments after City’s summer recruitment, which has seen them quietly, yet effectively add quality and depth to their squad. They were already a side full of genuine class, and they now have far more options in terms of how they play.
City could conceivably play their usual 4-2-3-1 formation or, switch to 4-2-2-2 or 4-3-3 given the players they now have at their disposal. That tactical flexibility should be a major benefit this season after their rigidity in 2012-13.
As I wrote on these pages last week, City already have a core group of excellent players who underperformed last season. Getting them back to their very best will be Manuel Pellegrini’s main concern.
Kompany’s own performances last season were excellent, but even he dipped slightly below his form during City’s title win. If he, along with Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, can rediscover his very best form, City should have more than enough in their locker to win the Premier League.
Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @TypicalCity
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