Vincent Kompany challenges Manchester City to step up a gear next season

Vincent Kompany challenges Manchester City to step up a gear next season


Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has challenged his teammates to improve again next season as they look to retain the Premier League title.

Just hours after his side were confirmed as champions, following Manchester United’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion, Kompany said he was already looking forward to the challenge of next season.

“You can’t take it for granted. Before you know it, it’s gone. I’ve been lucky to win three but I’ve missed some as well,” he told Sky Sports. 

“Today I’m happy. I suppose my team-mates will probably roll their eyes a bit but now I want to see the reaction.

“I’ve never been able to retain a title and I want to see if this team can be even more successful.

“At my age I can still learn and I enjoy every minute of it, but I think we share one thing of having the hunger and desire to never be satisfied.

“I may be the first one thinking about next season. I want to stay humble. It’s not a dynasty, it’s one title. It’s brilliant, but I want to unlock the full potential.”

The Belgium international reserved special praise for manager Pep Guardiola, suggesting he wish he had the chance to work with him earlier in his career.

“If I had met him when I was 20 years old, I would have improved so much,” Kompany said.

“Any player who has played under him has had success because of him and because of the way he has improved them as individuals and enabled them to unlock their full potential.

“I think we all believed in the style, otherwise it wouldn’t have happened. I think there was a period of adaptation that was needed, for him and us.

“The conditions were different to what he had at other clubs, but his methods were right and were what we believed in.”