Vincent Kompany says it’s important Manchester City focus on the challenge that lies ahead and not dwell on the achievements of last season when the Blues qualified for Europe and lifted their first piece of silverware for 35 years.
Expectations are rising all the time at Eastlands where Roberto Mancini has added Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic to the ranks as Cit fans prepare themselves for the almost inevitable exit of star man and captain Carlos Tevez.
Kompany says City cannot afford to rest on their laurels, and adds: “It’s normal for the fans and everybody surrounding the club to carry on enjoying this, but for me, this is over. FA Cup, Champions league, this is all behind. Last season, it’s over and it’s a new season.
“You won’t hear me talking about the FA Cup anymore. It’s all about what we do now. And in ten years time when I’m done playing football, then I might mention it, but right now I haven’t got time for it.”
The former Anderlecht star believes last year’s success will be good for one thing this coming season though, and that’s bringing both the confidence and experience of winning a trophy at Eastlands.
“Whatever confidence it can bring, we did win something last season so that’s an advantage we might have over certain clubs who didn’t last season. So let’s use it,” Kompany said.
Speaking at pre-season training from Los Angeles, Kompany also noted the potential importance of enjoying pre-season with a largely unchanged squad from the end of the previous season, something that's rarely happened since he joined himself back in 2008.
“From today on, I know that I’m back in for 11 months. There’s not much of a break, and we were saying to each other just the other day that it felt like we just left each other yesterday," he continued.
“We didn’t have that feeling in previous years because when we came in, it was just different people. We feel like we’re carrying on with something. “
However, the two additions the club have made seem like good business to the versatile defender, who is happy to see French international Gael Clichy and Partizan Belgrade defender Stefan Savic join the City ranks.
“Savic I just met whilst he was at Carrington, so we haven’t seen a lot of him yet, but Gael has blended in very quickly. I think he’s one of the players that’s going to make us a stronger team. We already have a good squad, but to make it stronger in depth and quality is always important.”