Vincent Kompany is ready for the new season after going through the hardest pre-season he has ever faced. City kick off their Premier League campaign on Monday night at the Etihad against Newcastle and Kompany is relishing the various challenges that lie ahead this season. He said:
It puts a smile on my face because there is nothing better than to know you are going to be competing for some of the most wanted prizes in the world, and we have the team to do it. I hope we will take all of the work we have done, take it into the season and use it to make us stronger.
City have travelled to South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany and Finland as part of the pre-season tour and just before the season is about to start a round of international friendlies has seen the majority of City’s squad depart around the world once again, with some players going as far away as South America. Kompany has been spared another arduous journey as Belgium take on France in Brussels but he feels the pre-season has been one of the toughest but most rewarding he has had.
It was probably the hardest pre-season I’ve had in my career. It was quite exhausting, but really, really good.
Particular focus will be on City’s performance in Europe this season after failing to progress from the group stages of the Champions League in the last two seasons. Whilst City were unlucky to be eliminated in 2011/12 after picking up a respectable ten points, City failed to register a single win in last season’s completion so the pressure will be on from the word go. Kompany feels that pre-season has helped and is optimistic about challenging in Europe this season.
It has been a problem for English teams, and ourselves definitely, coping with the Champions League, the Premier League and all of the other competitions. We have changed our approach a little bit, so we will see at the end of the season.
Written by Robert Toole