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Vincent Kompany insists he is looking forward to Manchester City's crunch clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Vincent Kompany insists he is looking forward to Manchester City's crunch clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Vincent Kompany insists he is looking forward to Manchester City's crunch clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City have the mental resolve to bounce back from their shock defeat to Arsenal and push Chelsea hard for the league title.

The City captain returned to the centre of City's defence for the first time since December last Sunday and conceded the first-half penalty that put the home side on the back foot.

The clumsy block on Nacho Monreal in the 22nd minute earned the Belgian a rebuke from his manager, Manuel Pellegrini, but Kompany said it did not play on his mind.

Asked if the penalty was harsh, the 28-year-old said: "I've said my bit on the pitch and I don't want to go further. It's football. We pick ourselves up now. That spirit is there, more than ever."

Kompany added: "You want to win, always, so any result that's not a victory you are disappointed. But we've been in situations like this before."

City's next league game is at leaders Chelsea, where defeat would leave Kompany's side eight points adrift with 15 games to go.

"We have always been great in games like this so I'm actually looking forward to it," said Kompany.

Irish Independent