It would be easy to envision Monday’s 2-1 setback at Crystal Palace as the straw that broke the camel’s back of Manchester City’s season.
The longtime second-place club and last year’s reigning champs, City has lost three straight road matches and dropped to fourth in the table.
With a seven-point lead on No. 5 Liverpool, things appear pretty safe for a Top Four finish and the club could easily relent after slipping down the standings.
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But there’s this little match coming up Sunday at Old Trafford against a local rival playing good soccer.
“A derby is a derby,” asserted Kompany. “It doesn’t matter what place you are in the league, it’s a derby.
“If anything, it’s a good moment to go into a derby. I guess the momentum is a little bit with our neighbours at the moment, but it’s the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what we’ve had.”
This isn’t the City we’ve seen in recent years, and they’ve looked older and a bit stale despite buying a number of players (Where is the finishing?). Last year’s key man, Yaya Toure, might’ve scored against Palace but he could’ve easily had a hat trick had he not been booting balls into the stratosphere.
If there’s any hope for a reawakening of City’s strength, it’s in knowing last year’s “chumps” in United are above them in the standings and ready to reclaim derby superiority for the summer. After all, City has four-straight derby wins and that’s a claim neither side’s been able to make since the turn of the century.