In an with Sky Sports before his manuscript, Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany seems back to 11 glittering years in the Etihad Stadium.
Kompany, that captained Manchester City left to come back to boyhood club Anderlecht.
In the early years earlier City’s takeoverinto a tide of decorations under Pep Guardiola, during that Aguero moment and that Kompany second, the 33-year-old talks with Geoff Shreeves to have a comprehensive look at his time at the club…
Arriving for a fee of about # 6m from Hamburg in 2008, Kompany goes on to play with 360 times, winning two FA Cups four Premier League titles, four League Cups and 2 Community Shields.
Looking back to his time at City, however, Kompany insists it’s not about the trophies. The fact that the club have transitioned into the very best club in England from mid-table, through several bumps in the street, makes it much more special.
“Going through the transition with City, and overlooking these names in the initial years, and then hardship concerning expectations, failing, expectations, neglecting, and carrying on. It’s better doing it like this, for me, While I look back on this.
“I know I played a role in shaping the culture of this club, and probably the future of this club, which usually means a good deal. There aren’t many clubs in which you can do it in this way. It was a trip that is special.
“The owners came in, and they were owners who give you time to build, the perfect sort of owners for the club. So many come and say they are going to pile money in, be successful, but not attain it. That ownership group came in and said they went to build eyesight and a plan, and will anyone doubt that?
“Not everything was bad once I arrived, we had to change some of the gamers to become a winning team, however, it was a Wonderful club with a fantastic background, and I Believe that’s the thing I attempted to keep sharing”
The Belgian was linked away from City, but did speculation proceed far. He had eyes for City, although he admits he might have won league titles if he’d jumped around groups, it had been hard enough staying first choice in the Etihad.
“I might have ended up at another club, and from four league titles you might have maybe turned it in to eight, depending on what club you go to, and how successful it is.
“It’s a competitive clubCity. It is not like you wait for what happens and then are able to sit for a year. Every move window, each six months, you and the rest of the world are competing. Anyone better in the world, they have the duty to get to improve the group, and so no one gives you the gift of staying City for 11 decades, you need to earn it for 11 years.
“Doing this, while being awakened by your entire body, my mother would have been proud of me.”
Born in Uccles, Brussels, Kompany has become an honorary Mancunian. But that isn’t just a term.
Kompany is totally aware what it means to be a Manc, also states he’s attempted to influence different players with those characteristics, and expect that lasts long after his death.
“I became a Manc by the conclusion of this. Every one of these core values before I had been a Manc I had, therefore them carried through the years when I simply signed. From the end of it I think there’s a powerful identification of Manchester that stays in somebody who never arrived from Manchester.
“If someone gets a knock to the pitch, then you just get up, get on with it. You’re in Manchester. It is irrelevant whether you are a gorgeous, #100m player, because you’re in Manchester get on with it, and you are likely to catch up. That is the side of Manchester I strove to keep during, and I feel that the group was shaped somewhat like that for myself and many others.
“I mean, Carla [Kompany’s wife] and her family are enormous blues. There is the odd red, who gets in at Christmas! However, now I got myself in a place where it always meant a lot for me, over at anywhere else.”
Four years later being carried over, the first title of City came in the most spectacular fashion. Sergio Aguero winner against QPR intended City pipped Manchester United at 2012 viewed as the moment in Premier League history.
‘Typical City’ subsequently took on a different meaning.
“Typical City style will have been to lose the game and dismiss it. That is what average City intended in those days. Now the Kun Aguero minute defines City that is typical, you do not give up, you return and win games.
“Was my target from Leicester more significant? His aim was important! Mine, well, looked better, and that I never believed I’d have on him!
“However, his was crucial. He’d do his best to wait until that moment, since he had the worst 93 moments of his profession, and I’d have needed a word to say about that after the game when he didn’t’ score, but that is the wonder of his occupation! 1 moment can always turn it around.”
Though far more concerned with keeping the ball from the opposite end, Kompany obtained his moment in May. Neck-and-neck using Liverpool all time, the centre-back made a long-range strike that was stunning to see Leicester 1-0 in their penultimate game off. In history, it moved down like Aguero’s moment.
His decision to depart was not public, although he knew it was his final home game for City. Was he psychological?
“I am not an emotional type of guy. However, it was borderline psychological when I felt a goal, and probably because everyone jumped on me and I couldn’t be seen by you. But I thought:’What if this is the goal, what if this really is the sheet that was clean we maintain to the game’s end, which provides us the name.’
“The game ended 1-0, the children came on the pitch, so technically my final match for the club in the home, and I knew [I had been leaving]. Therefore it was very emotional because of this. But it City fans won’t ever forget. Not revealing it felt. It was not about me, it was all about winning exactly what we had to win, then after there is always enough time for goodbyes.
“It was hard to keep the emotion in. I’m looking around and watch that this iconic stadium for me, and now I see 57,000 people I am genuinely grateful towards, and also alongside me my own 11 team-mates, of which I have a couple players in specific like Kun Aguero and David Silva, who I went through all together with, thinking:’We’re still standing and performing so together!’ It was a night of emotions.
“That is why I can always stay fairly humble in my entire life since I think these kind of things just happen because you stay humble, focused and driven. Finally, someone says:’Here you go, you receive your benefit.'”
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Money raised from the match will go to Tackle4MCR – the initiative that Kompany set up with the Mayor Andy Burnham, of Greater Manchester, to address homelessness and rough sleeping from the city.
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