Despite admitting efforts this season were not up to scratch, Manchester City’s defensive lynchpin Vincent Kompany insists the Blues will come out fighting next year.
Unlike last year’s title-winning blockbuster finish, the Blues are all but certain to limply hand the Premier League trophy back to bitter rivals Manchester United.
Currently trailing by 15 points with eight left to play, City’s captain admitted it was a far from ideal scenario but promised the players would learn from the experience.
“Ultimately in football you have to have a winner and a loser, so I think we will learn from what happened there and we’ll grow stronger again,” he told Sky Sports.
“You always want to go for the titles and you always want to go for the top.
“I’ve experienced it in the same way as every other player. I’ve wanted our team to do well. We still have a good run in the FA Cup.”
The campaign has proved particularly frustrating for Kompany, with injuries restricting his total league appearances to 20.
His latest two-month lay-off came as a result of a calf injury sustained against Stoke City in the FA Cup back in January.
But nearing full fitness again, the 26-year-old is set to line up for national side Belgium in this evening’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia.
Happy with his progress, the captain for both club and country insisted his focus was always about getting back playing again, regardless of any frustration.
He added: “I feel great, I feel really good. I’ve put in some hard work over the eight last weeks and I’m just very happy to be back with the team.
“Yes it’s frustrating but it’s something you have to deal with as a professional football player.
“I’ve been through a lot worse than this, so for me it was just a case of working really hard and making sure that I was able to be there for the team again.
“My only ambition was to make myself available again for the manager of the national team, for the manager of Manchester City, and I’ve worked really hard.”
Kompany’ s return will provide a timely boost for City as they prepare to lock horns once again with rivals United in just under a fortnight’s time.
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