Most footballers, managers or fans would consider losing at home against a top four rival a bad thing, but Vincent Kompany has boldly claimed Manchester City's weekend defeat to Arsenal could in fact be a good thing.
The City captain gave away a debatable first half penalty that set Arsenal on their way to victory at the Etihad, and has now tried to explain how his team can benefit from a defeat that leaves his side five points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on the Premier League leaders in their next league outing, and Kompany is expecting his teammates to draw on the Arsenal disappointment when they travel to London later this month.
While most connected with City will still be reeling from defeat, Kompany has already explained how the result will boost their chances against their title rivals.
He told the Manchester Evening News: "In theory it should be better for us now because we will be fired up for that [the Chelsea fixture] more, definitely."
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Having got level on points with Chelsea after a productive festive period, City are now feeling the affects of taking just one point from their last two games, and could fall eight points behind the leaders should they lose in west London.
Premier League decider
With both sides still having 16 Premier League games to play, it's far too early to say the outcome of the Stamford Bridge clash will decide who reigns supreme come the end of the season, but it will certainly have an impact.
Kompany is well aware of that, and is looking forward to the game, saying: "We have always been great in games like this so I’m actually looking forward to it.”
Having endured over a month out with a hamstring problem, Kompany has had a chance to watch on from the sidelines, and he's content with how things have gone in the absence of a number of key men.
He said: "We have been without Kun, myself, Yaya and David Silva for a long period of time and yet we are still here five points behind Chelsea.
“If you had said that to us a month ago we would have said, yes we will take it."
If City are to overcome a Chelsea side who rarely seem to dip in form, they'll need to put together a good run of results sooner rather than later, and Kompany is certain his team have the required fight.
“I’ve seen the same desire as what I have seen year in, year out and that will never change.
"We are always liable to kick off a massive run - that’s the kind of club that we are. Maybe this run has stopped, but the next one should be coming soon hopefully.”
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