Kompany keeping focus on the future

MANCHESTER CITY star performer Vincent Kompany has urged his team-mates not to rest on their laurels after the morale-boosting home win over Chelsea.

Belgian midfielder turned defender Kompany was one of the heroes in the 1-0 victory over the Barclays Premier League champions at Eastlands on Saturday, City’s third successive win over the Londoners.

Yet despite the joy of another famous victory, he immediately turned his attention to the Premier League battles to come.

“There were 14 players on that pitch, more on the bench, and thousands in the stands who just refused to beaten,” Kompany said.

“There was a collective will and we showed what could be done. Chelsea are a really good team and to beat them is great but it is only three points, like any other three points

“We will not win the league or finish in the Champions League places by beating Chelsea – though it will help – but by winning the games like the ones that are coming up against Newcastle and Blackpool.

“Of course we are happy – very tired and very happy – but in this game you do not dwell on results,” he continued.

“Today is already yesterday as far as we are concerned – if you see what I mean. Tomorrow is now the only day that counts.

“We must enjoy this win, recover, and then start work for the next game. When we beat Liverpool, the next game we lost at Sunderland. We must make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The chance to continue that winning form comes first on Thursday with a Europa League clash against Italy’s Juventus and academy graduate Dedryck Boyata is hoping to remain in Roberto Mancini’s starting line-up following his assured performance deputising at right-back in City’s injury-hit side.

Germany defender Jerome Boateng came off the bench to make his injury-delayed Premier League debut but Boyata, 19, had already made his mark in helping to subdue Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

“It’s a big step for me from last year, and it’s not the same anymore as when I first got in the team (last December),” Boyata said. “The coach has shown faith in me, and I’m just doing my best to thank him and pay him back on the pitch. Juventus, Chelsea, they’re great teams and you want to play against them. I’ve had a bit of physio,

“I got a knock on my knee, but we’ll wait and see.”


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