Old Trafford is perfect place to go and rectify our season, says Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany has described Sunday’s Manchester derby as “perfect” timing for Manchester City and warned his team-mates that they could suffer next season if they do not arrest their recent slump.
A sequence of six defeats in 12 matches, culminating in last night’s 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace, has seen City go out of the FA Cup and Champions League and also slide to fourth in the Premier League.
They are now nine points behind leaders Chelsea but also only seven ahead of Liverpool in fifth going into Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.
“A derby is a derby,” said Kompany. “It doesn’t matter what place you are in the league, it’s a derby. If anything, it’s a good moment to go into a derby. I guess the momentum is a little bit with our neighbours at the moment, but it’s the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what we’ve had.”
Kompany is already also looking to next season. “My only concern is we get back to our best form,” he said. “I think it’s our general form that we have to improve. I’ve learnt from the past seasons as well that finishing a season strongly can have an impact on your next season as well. In some funny way, it wasn’t even a bad game [against Palace].
“We are demanding with ourselves because we have to win, but you guys saw it. Did they have a shot on goal except for set-pieces? They are definitely a solid team. They are definitely a team who knows how to defend. They had a game plan so credit to them but, for us, it wasn’t a bad game in comparison with other games that we might have lost. It has a bit of a different feel to it maybe than the result at Burnley. But a team like us needs results.”