Pellegrini Still Hopeful Of Manchester City Making A Comeback

Manuel Pellegrini, the manager of Manchester City, doesn’t know why his team fails to perform up to the mark in Champions League in spite of having many major players in it.

Manchester city lost 2-1 against CSKA Moscow in Wednesday’s match. It was their second loss in group stage this season and as a result they have a very small chance of being able to qualify for the competition’s knockout stage. Manager Pellegrini said after his team lost to CSKA Moscow that there is indeed a lot of improvement to be made. Manchester City has the lowest place in the group and their last two group matches are against Bayern Munich and AS Roma.

Pellegrini is still hopeful that his team will be able to make it to the next stage of the competition. Though he doesn’t consider it to be an impossible task but he admitted that it would indeed be difficult for them. Pellegrini also said that the team’s morale has greatly decreased after they lost to CSKA Moscow. The manger said that there are examples of teams who, in spite of being far behind in the league at first, went on to become champions.

Pellegrini said that the team must never lose faith. He said that there are a few teams competing in this league who are as good as them. He thinks that if the team stays highly motivated and purposeful then they would be able to win. Pellegrini thinks that there is still enough time for Manchester city to make a comeback.

Pellegrini said after the match that he will not blame the referee’s decisions for their loss. He said that the team lost solely for the reason that they failed to perform. Pellegrini said that usually his team performs in a disciplined manner and that is why it is very important for him that the team returns to form.

Kompany unconcerned about Chelsea lead

Chelsea’s 2-point lead in the league table is not a concerning thing for Vincent Kompany, not at this point of time. The Champion centre half reckons these are early days in the tournament and there’s enough time there for his team to displace the Blues from the top.
As per Kompany, even on the last two occasions when City became the champion, they had not been topping the table at the start. But, they did the catching up quite brilliantly and ended up overtaking all the other title rivals to achieve glory.
Speaking in an interview recently, the 28-year old said, “I am not concerned at all about us being a few points behind Chelsea. In 2011-12, Manchester United had a lead of 9 points, I believe, and there were only 6 matches to go. To overtake them from there was a monumental task, but, we did that and even in the previous season, Arsenal was so far ahead when the second half of the season started, but, they fell quickly. So, things do change in this competition and right now, there’s plenty of time left for any team to come back.”
The Blues were actually 5 points ahead of City coming into the weekend, but, a clinical win versus Aston Villa yesterday helped City get that number down to 2.
Chelsea is going to play later today though versus the Gunners at Stamford Bridge. If they win there, they will be able to take their lead to 5 points again.
Chelsea has not lost any of their league matches this summer, while, City has lost one i.e. versus Stoke City.
The no. of matches in which Chelsea has bagged full three points is 5, while, in City’s case, it’s only 4.

Lampard On Loan To Manchester City

New York City FC sealed their signing of Frank Lampard but since the Major League Soccer team will not enter the league until March of 2015, the iconic figure of Chelsea has now been loaned out to Manchester City on a 6 month long deal.

The Chilean coach of Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini confirmed Frank Lampard’s loan deal as he spoke to reporters and official announced it.

“From next Wednesday, he will start working with our team and will play for us until January. At the moment, he will start working with the squad because he is a member of the squad. So he will fight for a position. He knows that we have a very good team, he is one player more and we have a lot of games particularly with the Champions League, so he’s very important for our team.” Pellegrini said.

Frank Lampard wants to continue playing and maintain fit before he makes an official move and starts playing with the MLS outfit New York City FC. The veteran midfielder played wore the Chelsea jersey for 13 seasons where he went on making a name for himself as a consistent performer but now will be playing the last few years of his career in the MLS.

Manchester City has very busy schedule lying ahead of themselves as the Premier League club has to face off against Arsenal on August 10 at the Wembley Stadium with the Community Shield on the line. The Premier League will kick off only 7 days later as Manuel Pellegrini and his players have to start their campaign of defending their league title. A few weeks after that and City will begin their journey of making it into the Champions League as they will be playing in the group-stages of the European tournament which starts in September.

All of these matches will allow Frank Lampard on not only staying active before he officially moves on to the MLS but the veteran midfielder can also play an important role for Manchester City before he leaves the Etihad Stadium in January.

Kompany Believes Title Is Down to Them.

This Premier League campaign is turning out to be one of the most competitive since the past few years as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester are all staking their claim and proving that they are indeed capable as well as good enough to be crowned as the best club in England.

Jose Mourinho is making a splendid return to Chelsea while the partnership of Suarez and Gerrard are leading Liverpool to their first Premier League trophy in over 20 years. Despite all of these obstacles and fierce competitors, Vincent Kompany is confident that the fate of the title is lying on the hands of his teammates and no one else.

“It’s in our own hands and you can’t do more than that. There have been so many swaps and changes over the season, we are still very calm. By definition, I think we are the team in the League that can’t ever give up especially after the year we won it. Ultimately, it’s about the last straight line and we seem to pick it up at the right time.”

“It depends on what we can do in the future. For now, we continue in third position. Liverpool have three points more, Chelsea one more. But we have to win. If we do that, we will see. We are not thinking about goal difference’’. Kompany revealed.

Vincent Kompany has not been a consistent starter for Manchester City in this season but he remains confident in what his teammates are capable of doing and has the full support of the team which is being guided by the Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini who is going through his debut season with Manchester City.

HARD EFFORT

The Belgian defender Vincent Kompany has nothing but praise for his teammates and his club regarding their season long performances which sees the side of Manuel Pellegrini at the top of the Premier League along with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Manchester City travelled to White Hart Lane as they faced off to play against Tottenham on what was the 24th match of the Premier League and Manuel Pellegrini’s men went right past their opposition by scoring 5 goals and securing all 3 points which might just be one of the main reasons on why Kompany is so optimistic and proud of what Manchester City can and will accomplish in the near future.

“I’m so happy with the win and the way we played,” the club’s captain told BT Sport following the game. It was the way we played, it’s not just the result – we enjoyed it. It’s a great time to be part of Man City’’.

Even though City just ran through Tottenham and came out with a convincing victory, it still was a bittersweet triumph as the Argentine Sergio Aguero was removed from the match after picking up an injury and Kompany spoke about the situation.

“It’s bad news to lose Sergio but we’ll have to see. I don’t know how bad it is. There’s good news though, Jovetic stepped up and scored today and he looked like the player we thought he was when we got him with this performance. We are the players at the moment who have been chosen to do it. If it’s not us then it will be other players. This club definitely has a target to win every competition possible. I think we have been one of the best teams to watch in the Premier League so far.”

READY FOR 2014

Manchester City’s captain Vicent Kompany has warned fans to get ready for what the 2014 will bring as they will be going all out not only trying to secure the Premier League but every other trophy out there.

The team of Manuel Pellegrini had to dig deep and find a way out of their matches against Liverpool and Crystal Palace with a win, and indeed they did manage to do that.

Manchester City defeated Liverpool 2-1 and Crystal Palace fell victim to a lonely goal from the Bosnian Edin Dzeko as City won 1-0. Kompany downplayed what it meant to defeat Liverpool, as the entire team of Manchester City celebrated the conclusion of the match like if they had won the Premier League.

“It’s a massive win,” said the Belgian. “I don’t know if you saw but I think most of the players were as happy with this win as they were with the one against Liverpool. It’s a tricky period, a turnaround in 48 hours. It’s six points in 48 hours, which is a great boost.”

Kompany later continued stating that his team finished the 1st half of the season in a very positive way as they in the top 3 spots of the Premier League and if the year of 2014 continues rolling on as it started, then this season will be one to remember.

“Being top is important but in a way it doesn’t mean too much yet,” he said. “We’ve put ourselves in a nice position for the second half of the season.Ultimately it feels like we’ve played so many games but we have arrived in January and there’s actually still not much between all the teams.

“It’s been an intense first half of the season and if the second half is as intense and as good, then we’ll be looking at an incredible season.”

Manchester City won the Premier League title back in the season of 2011-2012 and are making a statement as they are attempting to win it once more.

KOMPANY RUKED OUT

Vincent Kompany might not be available for his club Manchester City for their match against the Czech club Viktoria Plzen. That’s a Champions League match and will take place towards the end of this month.

Kompany was expected to recover from his thigh injury till that time, but, yesterday, the team doctor of the Belgian national football team made a statement that Kompany might need an extra week to get back to 100% fitness. That means the City management might have to wait till December to get the skipper back.

Kompany had injured himself in the first week of October while playing in a Premier League game against Everton. It didn’t seem to be a major injury at that point of time and he was expected to be back in action in about 20 days or so, but, his recovery didn’t go as smoothly as expected.

This is not the first time that Kompany has suffered a muscle injury. He has suffered a lot of such injuries in the last 1 year or so and as a result, he has missed a lot of matches in the recent past.

Talking to the reporters yesterday about Kompany’s injury, the team doctor of the Belgian team said, “Vincent will need extra few days to recover completely. We are trying our best to get him fit as quickly as possible, but, these kinds of injuries take time to heal.”

Kompany has been a vital member of the Manchester City side in the last 5 years. He has won a lot of games for City with his solid defensive performances.

The 27 years old Belgian international has made more than 150 Premier League appearances for City so far and has scored 7 goals in those matches.

Kompany a target for Barcelona manager Martino

Barcelona could turn to Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany if they fail in their attempts to land Chelsea defender David Luiz or Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, according to reports from the Catalan press.

The aforementioned duo had seen their names linked with Barcelona throughout the summer with the Brazilian defender Luiz particularly keen to push through a move to Camp Nou after it became evident that new manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t particularly fancy him much. However, the asking price Chelsea have set for the player who they bought back in 2011 is something that will become a deciding factor with Barcelona unable to pay the whopping £ 40 million Chelsea are asking for after already shelling out £ 50 million to bring Neymar to the club.

New manager Gerardo Martino is keen on a new defender at the club and has earmarked the likes of Agger, Luiz as well as Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen for the role but according to a Catalan newspaper, the club will go for Vincent Kompany should their pursuit of Agger and Luiz end in failure.

Kompany has been a stand out performer for Manchester City during his time at the club and was a key figure during the club’s title winning season in 2012/13 and he will definitely not come cheap for the Catalan giants as well, who have already missed out on one of their primary defensive targets in Brazilian international Thiago Silva who has chosen to stay put at French club Paris Saint Germain.

The newspaper also reported that although Luiz is set to take a pay cut to push through the move, his transfer fee will be an issue and thus, Vincent Kompany becomes a more logical option for the Camp Nou side as they look to bolster their defensive options this season.

KOMPANY PLAYS ON

Vincent Kompany showed great courage while playing for his national team Belgium in the World Cup Qualifying match against Serbia on Saturday. He had a nasty collision with the Serbian goalie Vladimir Stojkovic in the 34th minute of the match. Kompany’s nose got fractured during that collision.

Kompany was in a lot of pain on the ground. The team doctors immediately came for assistance and took him out. But, after remaining out for a few minutes, Kompany came back and remained on the field for the rest of the match.

This was a great display of dedication by the Belgian captain. Not many players would have opted to continue after such a severe injury, but, Kompany not only continued, he guided his team to a very important win.

Belgium won the match by 2-1. The goal scorers for them were Kevin De Bruyne and Marouane Fellaini.

After the completion of the match, Kompany went to the hospital where he was checked thoroughly and then, treated accordingly. The centre-back spent the night in the hospital and then, took the flight to Manchester next morning to be with his family.

The doctors who treated Kompany at the hospital later on told the reporters that the medical staff of the Belgian football team shouldn’t have allowed Kompany to continue after such a severe blow as it could have led to his death as well.
However, the team doctor of the Belgian team, Van Crombrugge, didn’t seem to agree with that. He said, “I don’t think it was a foolish decision. I knew that his nose had been fractured, but, his pupils were alright. We then examined him neurologically and let him continue.”

Kompany is expected to get fit before the start of the next Premier League season.

KOMPANY IS IMPORTANT

The Belgian defender Vincent Kompany has proven to be one of the important players for the national team and Manchester City over the last few years. The Italian Roberto Mancini has certainly missed his presence in the Manchester City team over the last few months because the defender has not played because of injury problems since January.

However, he could be set for return to first-team action from this weekend onwards. The defender is expected to make his return in the match against Macedonia. Belgium will be taking on Macedonia in this crucial World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday night.

Belgium have so far been one of the standout performers in this group, but they need to be wary of the threat from Croatia. The Croatians will be playing against Wales, and they are expected to get all three points from this encounter. Hence, Belgian need to win against Macedonia in order to maintain their position at the top of the group going into the final few rounds of qualifying. Belgium are ahead of Croatia in the group A only on goal difference. The return of Kompany will be a major boost for the national team manager. The defender has said that it has been a frustrating spell on the sidelines, but he is happy to be back.

“I feel great. I’ve put in some hard work over the last eight weeks and I’m very happy to be back in the team. It’s been frustrating but it is something that you have to deal with. I’ve been through things a lot worse than this,” said Vincent Kompany ahead of the match with Macedonia. The return of the defender Kompany will also be crucial to Manchester city in the remaining eight matches of the Premier league, as they trail the leaders Manchester United by 15 points.