Thursday 22 August 2019

Vincent Kompany admits he may be in his final days at Man City after dramatic winner against Leicester

Vincent Kompany was in tears at the final whistle as his goal fired Manchester City towards the Premier League title
Vincent Kompany was in tears at the final whistle as his goal fired Manchester City towards the Premier League title
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Vincent Kompany revealed pent up frustration contributed to his extraordinary winning goal that fired Manchester City to within one victory of retaining their Premier League title.

Kompany's thumping 70th minute winner cracked the tension that was mounting around the Etihad Stadium, as City struggled to break down a committed Leicester side, with the title now set to be decided on the final Sunday of the season.

Victory for City at Brighton will see them secure another title triumph and end Liverpool's gallant pursuit of top spot, with Kompany suggesting his eagerness to breaking his scoring duck for this season helped to inspire his screaming effort.

"I hadn't scored this season but I always feel in big moments that I'm going to do something," he told Sky Sports. "My wife told me I had not scored and I was the only one who had not scored, so I had to try.

"Today was a little bit of frustration. Everyone was saying 'don't shoot, don't shoot' and I could really hear it; I thought hold on a second, I've not come this far in my career for young players to tell me if I can take a shot, and I just had a go!

"I've scored goals like that in training! It's 15 years I've been in top-level football, midfielders telling me 'don't shoot, play the ball wide' and every time they miss, for 15 years I've been saying 'I promise you, one day I'm going to have a shot from outside the box and I'm going to score a goal and you're going to be really happy with that one'.

"It's a big goal, we've not achieved anything but it was an important win against a very, very strong team.

"From the very start, we had the right intensity to try and win this game. Kasper made some important saves and only I could beat him on a day like today! I'm just trying to contribute and today we went one step closer.

"Every step in the last four months was significant. Liverpool keep making the steps and now we have a final to play in Brighton, Nothing is won yet."

Kompany was in tears after the final whistle, as he admitted this may be his final couple of weeks as a Manchester City player.

"I play every game as though it's my last," he added. "It takes a lot of hard work, and every game could be the last one. You never know, I don't know my future is at this point, but at least I made today count.

"I'm going to play football, and I'm going to do exactly what I've done today as long as I can - maybe not the goal - but it's football.

"If you talk about emotions, you take a lot of scenarios into consideration, and nothing's written in stone but if then this is the way."

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