Vincent Kompany exclusive: Those famous City moments and how I became a Manc

On 11 glittering years at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany appears back Within an with Sky Sports before the testimonial.
Kompany, that captained Manchester City left to come back to boyhood club Anderlecht as player-manager.
In the first years earlier City’s takeover, to a wave of trophies under Pep Guardiola, via that Aguero minute and Kompany moment, the 33-year-old talks with Geoff Shreeves to take a comprehensive look in his time at the club…
Arriving for a cost of approximately # 6m from Hamburg in 2008, Kompany goes on to perform with 360 times, winning two FA Cups, four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two Community Shields.
Looking back on his time at City, nevertheless, Kompany insists it is not about the decorations. The simple fact the club have transitioned into the best group in England out of mid-table, through several bumps in the street, makes it far more unique.
“Going through the transition with City, and overlooking each of these names in the initial years, then hardship in terms of expectations, failing, expectations, failing, and then carrying on. When I look back to this, it is better doing it like this, for me anyway.
“I know I played a part in shaping the culture at this club, and probably the future of this club, which usually means a good deal. There are clubs where you can do it. It turned out to be a trip that is particular.
“The owners arrived, and they have been owners that give time to build, the perfect type of owners for the club. So many come in and say they’re going to pile cash in, be successful, but never attain it. That ownership group came in and said they went to build eyesight and a strategy, and will anyone doubt that?
“Not everything was poor when I came, we had to alter a Few of the players to become a successful team, however it was a great club with a fantastic background, and I think that is the thing I tried to keep sharing.”
The Belgian was linked from City, but rarely did speculation proceed far. He only had eyes for City, but first choice had been hard enough remaining in the Etihad though he admits he might have won league titles when he had jumped around other teams.
“I could have ended up at a different club, and from four league titles you may have possibly turned it in to eight, based on what club you go to, and how powerful it is.
“it is a competitive clubCity. It’s not like you can sit down for a year and wait for what occurs. Every transfer window, every six months, you and the rest of earth are competing. Anyone better in the world, they have the duty and you are not given the gift of staying City for 11 decades by anybody, you need to make it.
“Doing so, while being impeded by your body, my mom would have been pleased with me.”
Kompany has become an honorary Mancunian. But that is not only a term.
Kompany is aware what it states he has tried to impact players with those traits, also seems to be a Manc, and hope that continues long after his departure.
“I became a Manc by the conclusion of it. All of these core values I had before I was a Manc, so them sort of carried through the years when I simply signed. From its end I still think there is a strong identification of Manchester that remains in somebody who never came from Manchester.
“If a person gets a knock on the pitch, then you just get up, get on with it. You’re in Manchester. It isn’t important whether you are a #100m player, as you’re in Manchester you are likely to catch up, and get on with it. That’s the aspect of Manchester I tried to keep throughout, and I feel the group was shaped a bit like that because of others and myself.
“I suggest, Carla [Kompany’s wife] and her loved ones are massive blues. There! But I got myself in a place where it always meant a lot for me, more than at anywhere else.”
Four years after being carried over, the first title of City came in the most dramatic fashion. Sergio Aguero winner against QPR supposed City pipped Manchester United in 2012, widely viewed as the moment in Premier League history.
‘Average City’ then took on a significance that is different.
“Average City fashion would have been to eliminate the game and blow it. That is what City intended in these days. Now the Kun Aguero second defines Town that is typical, you win games and do not give up, you return.
“Was my target against Leicester more important? His aim was important! Mine, well, looked improved, and that I never believed I’d have on him!
“But his was crucial. He did do his very best to wait until that time, because he had the worst 93 minutes of his profession, and I’d have needed a word to say about this after the game when he did not’ score, but that is the wonder of his job! One moment can always flip it about.”
Kompany obtained his second in May, though far more worried about keeping the ball out of the opposite end. Neck-and-neck with Liverpool all time, the centre-back produced a attack that was stunning to see off Leicester 1-0 in their penultimate match. Just like the moment of Aguero, it went down ever.
His decision to depart was not public, although he knew that it was his last home game for City. Was he emotional?
“I’m not an emotional type of guy. But it was borderline emotional when I felt a goal, and likely because I was jumped on by everyone and you couldn’t see me. However, I thought:’What if that really is the goal, what if this really is the sheet we keep to the game’s close, and that gives the title to us.’
“The game ended 1-0, the children came on the pitch, technically my final game for the club at home, and I knew [I had been departing ]. Therefore it was quite emotional because of this. But it City lovers will never forget. Not revealing it felt. It was not about mepersonally, it was about winning exactly what we needed to win, and then after there’s always time for goodbyes.
“It was hard to maintain the emotion in. I am searching around and watch this iconic stadium for me, and now I visit 57,000 people I am genuinely grateful towards, and next to me my 11 team-mates, of that I have a few players in specific like Kun Aguero and David Silva, that I went through everything together with, thinking:’We’re still standing and doing this together!’ It was a night of feelings.
“That is why I will always remain fairly humble in my entire life because I think these sort of things only happen as you remain humble, focused and driven. Eventually, someone says:’Here you go, you receive your benefit.'”
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Money goes to Tackle4MCR – the initiative which Kompany set up with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping .

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