Kompany thinks Pellegrini had no choice but to make new signings

Vincent Kompany thinks that because of the vacancies created in the squad, his boss Manuel Pellegrini had no choice, but, to try and grab the services of some new players during the transfer window.

The City management released quite a few players this summer and sold quite a few as well leaving a lot of spots vacant in the first team squad.

To make up for all those off loads however, they spent a lot towards the end of the transfer window and signed as many as 5 players.

The most notable of those signings was Eliaquim Mangala whom the Champions bought at a transfer fee of over 30 million Pounds.

Frank Lampard’s signing has also caught some eyes.

Bacary Sagna has come in for free having been released by the Gunners.

So, some prominent players have made their way at the Etihad Stadium and according to Kompany, the signings were essential given the number of players who went out at the end of the previous season.

In the words of the club skipper, “The fact is that we lost a few players who used to hold key positions and we had to bring in replacements for them. There was no other option.”

Apart from making new signings, the Sky Blues have also extended the contracts of a 3-4 players of which Kompany is the one.

When asked about that, the Belgian centre-half said, “For me to sign the new deal was sort of easy, but, what made me happy was that some of the other established players also penned the extension. It has sent out a strong message.”

The other players who have signed contract extension at City of late are Samir Nasri (France), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast) and David Silva (Spain).

Pelligrini Uncertain If Key Players Can Be Used

The World Cup is an event that is celebrated after 4 years and it unites nations and fans from all over the globe as they watch their respective countries and teams battle it out in the international stage but this comes with a price for the players as they have less time to lay back and simply have a few days off and just rest, this is the case with Vincent Kompany and a few other players not only in the squad of Manuel Pellegrini in Manchester City but clubs everywhere.

While players have the chance to display their skills at a global stage it’s also a risk for players as they are threatened to get injured which is what happened with Barcelona’s Neymar as he was unable to play in all of the matches for Brazil during the 2014 World Cup after sustaining an injury that will be leaving him out of action for around 5 weeks but he is expected to make it just barely in time for the start of the next season of the Spanish League, La Liga.

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany plays a vital role not only for his club but for his nation as the Belgium defender is the captain for both of his teams and already has experience performing at the highest level in some of the biggest stages in the world.

The head coach of Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini now remains uncertain and fears if some of his key players will be able to play in the early stages of the upcoming Premier League season.

Manuel Pellegrini said: “The five players who arrived last Thursday were: Hart, Milner, Yaya, Silva and Dzeko, I think that they will be ready for the Premier League. We will with see the rest of the players who arrive next Monday. Can they be fit in 15 days? Maybe not all of them will do it’’

The pre-season schedule of Manchester City includes matches against: Ac.Milan, Liverpool, Heart of Midlothian, and Sporting Kansas City with some of those matches simply being friendly while others are matches of the International Champions Cup. A lot of the main stars of the team have been absent and this puts into question if those players will be able to get ready for the next season having returned from their World Cup ventures and trained with their respective clubs for a short period of time.

CHELSEA STRUGGLING

Chelsea suffered from a 1-0 loss against Basel when they played in this week at Switzerland, but despite failing to claim any points, the Premier League side still advances into the knockout stages of the Champions League because of Schalke’s draw with the Russian side Steau Bucharest, with the home side winning the game late on thanks to Mohamed Salah’s goal.

Jose Mourinho was quick to respond to his critics and the bashing he received after suffering from that rather surprising loss.

“A bad performance, a deserved defeat – but because of other results we qualify mathematically and that is the only positive thing for this night that we qualify for last 16,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“Now we have to get a result at home to finish first, so that is the only positive thing.”

“I didn’t like it from the first minute, we started with a defensive mistake immediately, the first time we were in the game we made a defensive mistake – I think we only had a little bit of stability and control in second-half but I felt the team was tired.”

Porto’s Jackson Martinez is a target of Chelsea and it is believed that they are preparing a £30 million move for the 27 years old player. The player of Porto is considered to be a backup option for Jose Mourinho just in case they fail on luring Radamel Falcao from PSG in the next transfer window.

Chelsea will be making as many transfers as possible to fill in the weaknesses they have been suffering in this season hoping to continue their title charge as they are putting the pressure on the leaders of the Premier League Arsenal who only are 3 points ahead of them.

Kompany Scores Own Goals

Vincent Kompany might be the undisputed defender for Premier League yet his stellar reputation is under the scanner given his couple of own goals against a Fulham match this Saturday. The Manchester City defender was seemingly devastated at his loss of control and to add the injury he even ended up bloodied with the termination of the match.

However, Manchester City managed to bag a win despite the bizarre antics from one of the most trusted players of the squad. Kompany gave his team a good 2-0 lead in the match against Fulham while the defender tapped in rebound in forty-third minute. That was that 1st goal of match & the season yet there was something more to find for this halftime hero.

As Manchester City was at the 2-1 lead in the seventieth time, Vincent struck once again. The sole issue here was that the City defender scored the goal against own squad. Sascha Riether from Fulham sent an apparently innocuous cross into City penalty zone & Kompany was the first to arrive. Albeit the Manchester City spearhead tried eliminating whatever little danger posed by Riether’s pass yet the man shanked the clearance pretty horribly. In spite of facing sideline, the City defender could somehow manage to kick off the ball back, spinning it over the club goalkeeper’s (Joe Hart) head & into goal. .

It was Jesus Navas, the very aptly name Manchester City Winger, who ease the game for the squad, getting a little bit of relief especially for a devastated Kompany. Even though Navas was not able to manage and save the defender’s own goal in the match, yet he came up with a score in seventy-eighth minute of the match that decided the win for Manchester City. James Milner finally scored in 83rd minute and sealed the match for the City squad with a fantastic 4-2 win.

BITTER SWEET

Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Everton when they played back in October was a bitter-sweet event for them as they claimed all 3 points from the match they also had to see Vincent Kompany picking up an injury that would see him not being able to play for his team for the following weeks.

Not only missing out from the matches of his club but the injury will also leave him out of national team’s side, Belgium. The Belgians will take on Colombia and Japan in two home friendly fixtures on the 15th and 19th of November respectively.

But after reportedly ruling himself out of those games, Kompany will now hope to be fit in time for City’s meeting with Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on November 24.

This has not been the best of seasons for Kompany as he was also absent on Belgium’s 2 final World qualifiers and only being able to make 6 appearances for Manchester City which is now under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini.

It does seem however that Manchester City are doing excellent without the Belgian defender as the English club had to play without him in yesterday’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow and came out with a 5-2 victory and their last Premier League encounter saw them defeating Norwich with a resounding score of 7-0.

The Russian billionaire and AS Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev  is also interested in signing Vincent Kompany from Manchester City although it is hard to imagine the 27 years old defender making a move away from his current club as he plays a pivotal role for his team and does not look to be changing anytime soon.

EXCITING SEASON

After the arrival of four key players to the Etihad stadium during the summer transfer window, defender Vincent Kompany has said that City will be one of the formidable challengers for the title race. City have spent close to £ 100 million in bringing players like Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, and Stevan Jovetic. These four players will help the team challenge on all four fronts according to Kompany, who has been one of their best players in the last few seasons. The Belgian international missed a large chunk of last season due to injuries.

However, he is now fully fit and he is looking forward to a great campaign. Kompany has said that the four players signed by the club offers a new dimension to the team. He has praised the officials behind their arrivals by saying that they were definitely want the team needed after the disappointing season last time around. City failed to win any trophy for the first time in three years last season, and manager Roberto Mancini paid for it with his job. Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed as his replacement, and the Chilean manager is targeting the Premier league title in his first season at the club.

City will also be expected to progress into the knockout stages of the Champions league.

“You can see that whoever is responsible for bringing in the players at City did their homework really well. They bring something different to the team and I’m sure they’ll have a great season. Alvaro has given us defenders an interesting time during training with his movement and finishing. His attitude as well is spot on. We’re having a lot of fun already. Jovetic you can see has great feet. I can’t say enough about Navas and all those that have joined us,” said Kompany.

DID THEY FALL OUT?

There have been suggestions that former manager Roberto Mancini fell out with defender Vincent Kompany at the end of last season. The Belgian defender was heavily criticised by the Italian for taking part in the international matches after just a few days after coming back from a major injury. Kompany was not available for selection at the club level, which infuriated Mancini. Kompany is known to have a great relationship with Belgian national team manager Marc Wilmots.

The defender, who has managed to establish himself as a captain and important member of the City team, has said that he had no grudges against Mancini as every manager is different. He has said that there is not one manager who is capable of saying that he knows everything. It is about learning from different managers as we go along in the career according to Kompany. The 28-year-old defender, though, criticised the attitude of Mancini for criticising him for taking part in the international matches.

Kompany missed out on several matches after being out for a couple of months. The captain has said that he is now back to his best and is feeling extremely confident that he will be able to give his 100% to the club over the new season.

“I think out of experience you have different managers and different styles. There is not one manager who can say he knows it all. Even the best managers in the world have deficiencies. You learn from every manager. I have learned a certain way from Wilmots, I have learned from Mancini and I learned from [former Manchester City boss] Mark Hughes. I have concentrated on the positives,” said the Belgian defender.

City appointed former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini as the replacement for Mancini. This is the first time the South American is working in the Premier league.

CITY MISS OUT

Manchester City recently lost out to Manchester United in the Premier league title race, and they could be set for losing one of their England players in the summer. Former Swansea and Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair has said that he wants to leave Manchester City on a loan deal next season if Roberto Mancini remains as the City manager. Sinclair was signed from Swansea in the summer for around £ 6 million, but he has been a major disappointment. He was initially signed as a replacement for Adam Johnson, but he has made only a handful of first team appearances.

Sinclair initially left a big club like Chelsea due to the lack of first-team football. He spent several years on loan at various clubs when was a Chelsea player. However, it appeared that he had finally settled to regular first-team football at Swansea when he was one of the important players for the Welsh club. He was tempted by a big-money move to Manchester City in the summer, but he has found that first-team opportunities are once again limited at the club due to the presence of several big-name players.

Sinclair signed a four-year contract when he moved to the City. He is on £ 40,000 per week, which is more than four times the salary he was receiving as a Swansea player.

According to the recent reports, he has expressed his frustration to the Manchester City board. He has demanded a transfer – at least on a temporary basis – from the club in order to get regular first-team football. Sinclair needs football in order to put himself in the England reckoning especially in the World Cup year. Roy Hodgson has been giving several youngsters the chance to show their qualities at the national level. England are expected to qualify for the World Cup 2014 without any trouble.

KOMPANY RULED OUT

Vincent Kompany will not be able to play for Manchester City in the upcoming Premier League match against Liverpool which is going to be played tomorrow. The manager of Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, gave this information to the reporters today.

Kompany had injured himself in the FA Cup match against Stoke City which was played on 26th of January. He had to leave the ground after 40 minutes because of calf strain. He was limping while coming out of the ground. Because of that injury, he also missed City’s last match against Queens Park Rangers.

Talking to the reporters ahead of the match against Liverpool, Mancini said, “Vinny will not be playing tomorrow. He has still not got rid of that calf strain and I think he will miss a few more games.”

“He is the skipper and a very important player of the side. So, we obviously want him to return as soon as possible. But, we don’t him to make a comeback prematurely and get injured again.”

“I am afraid he might have to miss the FA Cup match against Leeds as well.”

City will take on Leeds United at St. Mary’s Stadium on 17th of February.

Liverpool’s performance in the Premier League in this season has been pretty inconsistent and the Reds haven’t yet defeated a top team in the ongoing League so far. But, in their last match, they stopped Arsenal to a draw.

When asked about the performance of Liverpool in the season so far, Mancini said, “Yes, they have underperformed a bit in this season, but, they are a very good unit and they have played well of late. So, we will have to play really well to pull off a win in tomorrow’s game.”

KOMPANY RULED OUT

The Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is unlikely to be available for the match against Reading during the weekend, which would be a major blow for the manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian is already under pressure for falling seven points behind the leaders Manchester United in the table. Vincent Kompany has been one of the best players for City over the last few seasons. The captain of the team, his presence is sorely missed on many occasions by the club. The 26-year-old has been plagued by a number of injury problems this season. He is set to miss the match against Reading after yet another injury trouble.

Another problem for Mancini is the presence of the Ivory Coast international brothers Kolo Toure and Yaya Touré. Both are expected to depart for the 2013 African cup of nations in a few weeks time. They will not be available for up to a month, which will be a major headache for the manager. Yaya Toure has been one of the best players for the club since his £ 24 million arrival from Barcelona a few years ago. Meanwhile, the summer signing Jack Rodwell is also currently unavailable due to injury. The hamstring injury suffered by Milner means that he is also likely to be unavailable for this match.

“Yaya would be a big loss for us. He’s been amazing so far and has been the engine in midfield, so he would be missed. I’ve just had a little bit of a setback with my hamstring injury. It will probably be another few weeks, so I’m looking into the new year. I’m doing quite a lot of training at the minute though, so I’m keeping busy. It’s down to strengthening now, so I’m doing a lot of work in the gym and am just getting it right to prevent another injury,” said Rodwell.