Goal hero Vincent Kompany does well on promise when Man City returns to the top
MANCHESTER: Captain Of Manchester City Vincent Kompany Said He Made A Vow To Score" A Day" A Long-Term Goal After His Miracle Attack Gained A 1-0 Victory At Leicester's Home, Causing The Champions To Lead The Fate Of The Eredivisie Title With A Game To Play.
City Were Heading For A Frustrating Evening At The Etihad Stadium On Monday Until Kompany Let Fly With A 25-yard Shot Into The Top Corner 20 Minutes From Time - The Center-backs First City Goal From Outside The Box.
Victory Saw City Go Top By A Point From Liverpool Heading Into Sunday's Last Round Of League Matches.
" I Hadn't Scored This Season But I Always Feel Like I'm Going To Do Something, I Don't Know If It's A Header Or What," Kompany Said.
" Today Was A Little Bit Of Frustration, Everyone Was Saying" Don't Shoot, Don't Shoot" And I Could Really Hear It; To Tell Me If I Can Take A Shot, And I Just Had A Go!"
Kompany Insisted:" I've Scored Goals Like That In Training!
" It's 15 Years I've Been In Top-level Football, Midfielders Tell Me 'don't Shoot, Play The Ball Wide' And Every Time They Miss, For 15 Years" I'm Going To Have A Shot From Outside The Box And I'm Going To Score A Goal And You're Going To Be Really Happy With That One."
City Magistrate Pep Guardiola Admitted He Too Was Among Those Who Didn't Want Kompany To Let Fly From Distance.
" Don't Shoot! Pass The Ball, Pass The Ball !," Said Guardiola When Asked About His Thoughts As Kompany Took Aim.
" Honestly, I Wasn't Too Confident But Football Is Mad For That. The Artists Are The Players, They Have To Decide Things In A Fraction Of A Second And What's Important Isn't The Goal, It's Shooting Him While Believing He Was Going To Score.
" He's A Big Believer And That Helped Us Win The Game," The Former Barcelona And Bayern Munich Boss Added.
" Now We Don't Have Games Every Three Days, He's Not Young And Consistent Is Difficult For Him Every Three Days, But When We Have A Game Once Every Week, He's An Incredible Player."
City Will Be Assured Or Retaining The Title If Their Result Away To Brighton Is Equal Or Better To What Liverpool Achieve Against Wolves At Anfield On Sunday.
However, A Win For Liverpool And Anything Less For City Would See The Reds Secure Their Maiden English Championship Since They Won The Old First Division Title In 1990.
And Kompany Warned:" It's A Big Goal, We've Not Achieved Anything But It Was An Important Win Against A Very Strong Team."
But Leicester Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Who Made Several Fine Saves On Monday, Said:" City Is A Top-class Side, And We Have Lost To The Potential Champions.
" I Can't See Them Losing Their Next Game."