Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has sounded out a warning to title contenders Leicester City and vows to challenge for league supremacy.
The Citizens are currently ten points adrift of the leaders but have two games in hand, which could prove to be an advantage heading into the season's conclusion.
Kompany thinks this stage of the campaign is the ‘hunting season’ and following the Capital One Cup victory against Liverpool on penalties, confidence is high in the City camp.
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Daily Mirror quoted the 29-year-old saying: “What we’ve learned in our recent history is that moment likes this you just have to get your head down and start racing as much as you can.”
“It’s what we call the hunting season.”
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City’s next league fixtures include Liverpool, Aston Villa, Norwich City and arch-rivals Manchester United. Victory against those oppositions surely would put pressure on title contenders Leicester City and Tottenham - both of whom have denied they are favourites to win this season.
Kompany insists the squad have to perform at their absolute best as there is no scope for complacency.
“We just have to make sure that everything we have we leave on the pitch. There’s no other way to approach this anymore. We just have to race to the end and see how many of the 36 points we still have to play for we can bag and we’ll be close if we have a lot of them.”
He admits they have a tough task ahead but performances against Dynamo Kyiv and Liverpool have instilled confidence among the group.
“It’s an awkward time of the year – it’s almost as if we have nothing to lose anymore. It’s like all the gates come off. That’s how it felt with the performance in Kiev and against Liverpool at the weekend.”
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
The Belgium international also reiterated that City's current scenario favours his side as they feel more relaxed chasing rather than being chased.
“It’s better to be chasing than be chased in some ways. It’s not just the players but the way we all behave. We can get to something special.”
Manchester City won both their Premier League titles in recent years coming from behind and will want to replicate the same result this term.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that City have the potential to claim the league crown, as per ESPN, after winning their first trophy of 2016 against their next Premier League opposition.
The Sky Blues are still fighting for a triple triumph and with one trophy already in the bag, winning the other two would be the perfect send-off to the Chilean coach as City welcome Pep Guardiola next season.