Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City will target winning the Europa League this season after dropping out of the Champions League, and insisted they will celebrate winning European football’s second-tier competition as if they had “won the league”.
City secured an impressive 2-0 victory against Group A winners Bayern Munich to avenge their humbling in the Allianz Arena earlier in the competition, but their efforts proved to be in vain as Napoli secured the points they needed against Villarrael to claim the second qualifying spot behind the Bundesliga giants.
That leaves City to contest the Europa League after falling just short in their maiden Champions League campaign, and Kompany believes that at this stage of City’s development, any trophy to add to their FA Cup success last season would be special.
“We have our 10 points but obviously this opponent [Bayern Munich], fair play to them. Well done to Napoli, they have a good team,” City’s captain told Sky Sports.
“It’s the biggest mistake anyone can make, to underestimate this team [Napoli]. Champions League is finished now but there’s still so much to achieve now this season."
He added: “The Europa league is now a realistic goal for us. The position we are in right now, we will celebrate any cup as if we won the league."
The Citizens were left with a mountain to climb in order to qualify after defeat against Napoli in Naples last month left them relying on the Serie A side slipping up against the point-less VIllarrael, but Kompany insisted that it was the 1-1 draw against Napoli at home that really hurt their chances of making it through to the last 16.
"Yeah we got 10 points," the 25-year-old said.
"The main one was draw at home against Napoli. No shame losing over there, no shame against losing to Bayern Munich. But what did us was the draw at home against them."