Making the impossible possible in last year’s theatrical Premier League title success enables Vincent Kompany to remain the coolest man in Manchester City’s squad – despite a seven-point deficit to the league leaders.
Rivals Manchester United lead the Blues at the summit of the league table, but after conquering Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign in dramatic fashion last year City are more than capable of repeating that feat.
Captain Kompany has been at the Etihad Stadium for four and a half years now and after becoming a lynchpin of the team’s new found, multimillion pound, success he is not sweating at the prospect of chasing down United again.
“If a couple of years ago we had we fallen seven points behind we would all have said to ourselves that it would be very difficult but now we have done it, nobody panics,” the Belgian centreback said.
“Everything is still possible. We have proved what we can do and everybody is very calm. That’s the advantage you get when you win it once.
“You have that inner confidence and, although the media and the fans can get excited, we don’t.”
Defending their Premier League title is a challenge that many expect City to fail at – even Arsenal’s 2004 Invincibles failed to retain their trophy.
But Kompany is adamant that their ambition extends into the club’s future, not just a one-season target.
“It is a big challenge but that doesn’t make it any less interesting,” he added.
“We have set our standards high and have worked hard for a long time to bring ourselves into this position.
“That is not just the ambition for 2013 but for the future of the club.”
City bounced back from defeat away to Sunderland with a dramatic 4-3, ten-man victory over Norwich – and then went on to carve through the league’s best defence by beating Stoke City 3-0 on New Year’s Day.
“We have overcome what was the best defence in the league – it was not a given,” Kompany added.
“If we carry on like this and have the whole our squad available things will turn especially because we are going to be playing one game a week.
“Even against Norwich we were calm. It was never easy but it never looked like we were going to make the mistake that would cost us three points.”