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Mistakes happen, but sometimes they come from your best player and are really, truly ugly.
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Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling had a chance to bury hosts Burnley in the 71st minute of what would wind up a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on Sunday.
City had been knocking on the door of an insurance goal for some time, and Kyle Walker sent a medium-hit low cross across the face of Burnley keeper Nick Pope.
All Sterling had to do was place a semi-confident foot on the ball.
He didn’t, and Burnley scored about 10 minutes later to earn a quality point against the champions elect.
Both manager Pep Guardiola and captain Vincent Kompany were asked about Sterling’s miss on the NBCSN broadcast.
“He’s been incredible for us,” Kompany said, after laughing. “He’s scored more goals last minute goals than anyone in this league but today it didn’t quite happen. But again I give top marks to everyone for effort.”
“It’s football, sometimes things happen,” Guardiola said. “Next game he’s going to score.”
Last week we wrote about Vincent Kompany’s MBA, which he earned writing a dissertation about home field advantage.
Naturally, we mentioned that we wished we could’ve read it, but what’s better than reading it? Kompany himself summing it up for us so we don’t have to actually digest the words.
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Now it’s not super scientific: Kompany spoke to 25 “elite” footballers about the atmosphere on game day and how they felt about loud, boisterous stadia. Turns out, they’re into them. From BBC News:
“The study concluded that you get better home advantage depending on the atmosphere that you can create within your facilities, and that is linked to the people who enter your stadiums.
“Those that live for the club, and are probably more attached to the club than anybody else. But those are probably not always the guys who can afford it,” he added.
To be honest, it sounds like a familiar criticism from a different sport. In the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the most followed team in hockey, but most think their arena prices true fans from making it even remotely hostile for the opposition.
Now having a far superior team, like Manchester City, is almost always going to make more of a difference than the venue. But for clubs closer in style, would it raise the games of the home side? Maybe.
Vincent Kompany sounds like he’ll be a pretty good Premier League manager, if he settles on running a team instead of a business.
Manchester City’s captain, 31, has graduated from Alliance Manchester Business School with an MBA, which is pretty impressive for a professional footballer (even one who’s had some, ahem, time away from the field sue to injuries).
We’d also love to know if your average joe MBA student would be allowed to write his dissertation on the same subject as Kompany, “How professional football clubs in the Premier League can benefit from home game advantage and achieve game-changing levels of improvement.”
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Here are his thoughts on the why and how of his project, from the school’s web site.
“Football is more than a sport. It impacts social issues and is big business. I was able to focus my research on the football industry and how clubs can benefit from home advantage. Part of this involved interviewing 25 footballers who have played at the top levels of international football. I feel I have crossed the finishing line of the course much better than when I started and although I want to continue playing football as long as possible, I may look to use this combination of academic learning and years of playing experience in the future.”
The Guardiola-Arteta-Kompany captain’s meetings must be brilliant.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany‘s career-long injury struggle has reared its ugly head yet again after the Belgian was forced to withdraw from the side’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle after just 11 minutes.
Manager Pep Guardiola has done his best to utilize Kompany when healthy, but the 31-year-old has hardly found himself fit for selection all season. Kompany missed eight games through September and October with a calf injury, and was forced to sit for another two in mid-December for a similar problem suffered during the Manchester derby, when he was withdrawn at halftime.
Now, with the festive period putting a strain on all managers as they look to keep their team fresh, Guardiola will be unable to deploy his captain, already missing John Stones who has been out since late November with a hamstring injury. That leaves Guardiola with just Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala to choose from, backed up by 20-year-old Manchester City youth product Tosin Adarabioyo, who has yet to make his Premier League debut.
“I don’t know what is going to happen,” said Guardiola when asked about Kompany’s injury after the Newcastle match. “Unfortunately he is injured again.”
According to reports, the injury is a recurrence of the aforementioned calf injury that has seen Kompany miss an incredible amount of minutes over the past few seasons. Last year especially, Kompany was only able to appear in three league games until April when he finally regained fitness for the stretch run. This season, Kompany hasn’t been fit for a single Champions League game, and has completed just six full 90 minutes in league play.
Vincent Kompany and Manchester City got all they could handle from Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium, but survived for a 2-1 comeback win that secured their unbeaten record for another few days.
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The Premier League leaders got goals from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling to overcome Nicolas Otamendi’s own goal and a game effort from David Wagner‘s Terriers.
It was cold, and maybe a bit wet, and had City’s captain making a comment that recalled “Game of Thrones.”
“Today was a game that epitomised the Premier League, winter is here, it’s colder, it’s harder to move the ball, they defended well.
“I feel the team deserved the win, we kept at it, even being 1-0 down we believed.”
Guardiola opted for a similar quote.
“The Premier League is so tough, now winter has come, we knew they were so aggressive so strong, but we are so happy for the way we won.
As for the “GOT” mention, perhaps Pep Guardiola is the Night King. Furthering this: Given Kompany’s injury history, if he was a “Game of Thrones” character perhaps he’d be… Brokenfinger? I’ll see myself out, thanks.