GUARDIOLA: VINCENT KOMPANY ASKED TO BE REPLACED

The boss man at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has said that replacing Vincent Kompany at halftime in the game against Manchester United came on the heels of the player’s request that he should be changed.


The game saw Manchester City defeated by Manchester United by a goal to nil. Kompany had complained that he was tired which had led to his change in the match.

The 30 year old defender had made his second start this season in this match after coming off from a groin strain sometime in September.

“He told us he is tired and was not ready to play the second half. The important thing is he is not injured – that is a good step.” Guardiola said.

Recent seasons have seen Kompany struggle with shin and calf injuries but the captain of Guardiola’s side has promised to be entirely honest with the medical staff in respect to any injuries he sustains.

VINCENT KOMPANY’S SPOT SAFE IN CITY’S SQUAD

When the announcement of Pep Guardiola was made, many thought there would be an immediate sweep of players from the Etihad Stadium.


However, the Spanish coach has taken his time to study the team before making his decisions.

Joe Hart is likely going to be heading out of the club, after losing his number one status as goal keeper to another. City completed the signing of former Barcelona player Claudio Bravo as replacement for Hart. With the England international getting what seems like a farewell when he featured in the Champions League play-off, he may as well have played his last. The club is reported to be willing to play as much as three-quarter of his salary to help any club interested in accepting him on a loan deal. Willy Caballero would play second fiddle to Bravo, forcing Hart to look elsewhere for regular action.

Several clubs have been linked with the player, with Sunderland being among the interested parties since losing Vito Mannone to long term injury. Hart’s wages is £120,000 per week, so City are willing to help out any side that want him as the transfer deadline is running to a close in a matter of days.

Vincent Kompany Keeps Up His Fitness Levels

Many players who stop being active on the field often like to stay behind the curtains even after their professional career comes to an end.


Vincent Kompany is one such player. He was skipper of Man City. Such an illustrious title and achievement definitely cannot have him withdrawing from the scenes completely. Predictably, he is now working with the media for covering Euro 2016 as he recovers from a leg injury. He is also building on his fitness levels at the same time. If you think that the summer job he has taken at Euro 2016 is simply a leisure activity for him, you would be wrong. He has been a skipper and hence, one would expect him to stay active even if he is off the field. He did not lead Belgium this time, but he is definitely working on his fitness problem. Having suffered a thigh injury he might miss out the beginning of the upcoming Premier League season. However, his boss will be pleased to see that the dedicated skipper is taking his fitness seriously and doing what he can to speed up his recovery. He wishes to be part of the new season as soon as he can and that has kept him on an exercise bike as well as working with weights which would help him get back to fighting fitness. He is updating his fitness regime regularly on his Instagram account.

Vincent Kompany will not be offered any role at the Euros

Vincent Kompany, who is currently sidelined with an injury sustained in the match against Real Madrid, will not be offered any role by Belgium.


There was news that the Belgium captain might be accompanying the team in a non-playing role for the Euros, but the Belgium coach has denied these rumors. Indeed, Marc Wilmots has stated that Kompany will not be offered any position at the Euros and that it is important that the player rests properly so as to be able to recover for next season.

This will be a relief for the Manchester City medical staffs who were clearly against the idea that Vincent Kompany goes to the Euros even in a non-playing role. The recent injury was indeed the fifth one sustained by Kompany this season and City would be more than happy that Belgium did not offer any role to their player.

Marc Wilmots admitted that it was a blow for the team to lose a player of his quality and that they will need to cope with his absence.  He added that Vincent Kompany is not only a talented player on the pitch, but he is also a leader for the team.  However, he stated that there is no special role for him at the Euros and that he will be better off resting and preparing himself for the next season.

LEICHESTER CITY WON THE PREMIER LEAGUE YET?

Leicester City have been impressive this season. The Foxes currently sit atop the EPL league with 69 points from 32 games. The impressive sides have lost just three matches in the Premier League this season. With six games to go, there’s no stopping this highly confident team.

Some analysts have said the team would have it difficult with Sunderland and West Ham in upcoming fixtures this weekend and next week respectively. They say the team would drop points and this would set Tottenham up for an all-round impressive outing this season. However, it should be noted that The Foxes have a seven-point lead over the Spurs.

A consistently counter attacking team like Leicester City with talented players such as Algerian Riyad Mahrez, prolific goal scorer, Jamie Vardy and Andrej Kramaric would definitely not let three games slip, especially when the EPL title is in sight. The seven point-lead gives them a three game advantage over Spurs, with the remaining six games being encounters against Sunderland this weekend, West Ham next week, 15th placed Swansea, The Red Devils, 12th placed Everton and struggling EPL champions, Chelsea. All the foxes need do is secure three wins and change their league history forever.

On the other hand, Tottenham will battle Manchester United this weekend. Quite notable is that The Red Devils are trying hard to make the UEFA Champions League qualification, being just a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City. The Spurs would also face Stoke, West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle.

Athletic Madrid’s is eager on regaining the La Liga title

On May of 2014, Diego Simeone and his squad shocked the world of football as they snatched the Spanish League title and took it away from Real Madrid as well as Barcelona. This was a huge accomplishment taking into consideration that Lionel Messi and C.Ronaldo were the players who were expected to lead their respective teams to success but it was Athletic Madrid which managed to arrive and snatch it up.

Athletic Madrid lifted the Spanish League title during the 2013-14 by having 3 more points than their rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona in what was a very exciting and thrilling season which concluded with Diego Simeone and his men taking the silverware by only a few points.

After winning the league title, Athletic Madrid had to settle with the 3rd place during the 2014-15 season but the new and latest season has kicked off and Diego Simeone is feeling

“The biggest challenge for me is to be able to balance the characteristics of all the players. It is not easy to form a powerful squad. You need to be able to get the best out of everyone…that is why it is not unusual for a player here to go from watching in the stands to being in the side, or vice-versa. So my aim is to choose what is most positive for every game. I want to win the title with my squad once again” he said.

Vincent Kompany is confident that Manchester City will make some two or three world-class signings

After finishing last season without any major title, defender Vincent Kompany is confident that Manchester City will make some two or three world-class signings in this transfer window in order to reclaim the title once again.

Since UEFA has lifted a number of the FFP regulations, City are free to spend as they please in this transfer window. They have already shown their ambition by making a £ 40 million offer for Raheem Sterling, while more English players are expected to arrive in order to compensate for the loss of players like James Milner and Frank Lampard.

Kompany had a disappointing season last time around by his high standards. The Belgian defender is keen to address this issue and he hopes that the niggling injuries that he faced last season are beyond him. As he enters into his 30s, Kompany will know that staying injury free is not a luxury but a necessity if he is to prolong his career as a top defender. City have never won back-to-back league titles, but they also come back with a vengeance after just losing one. This was a case during the 2013-14 season and Kompany reckons that the blues can repeat it once again.