Manchester City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 in their opening game of the 2015-16 Premier League season, and captain Vincent Kompany was in a defiant mood post-match.
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Kompany, 29, was heavily criticized last season for several lackluster displays following his return from injury in the second half of the season, as he and several of City’s other elder statesman had a down year.
City still finished second in the PL, eight points behind winners Chelsea, but Kompany is eager to improve this season and is hungry for success.
“I think we have something to prove,” Kompany said. “Last season was not what we are used to. If you looked at the training we did, especially last week, the team was much more motivated. For us it was a good way to start… Last season was below what we’re used to doing. There are a lot of favorite teams now and we’re not part of it, I’ve heard. It’s something that gives us extra motivation.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s monster clash with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), Kompany is urging his teammates to stay focused.
“It will be a big game very early in the season,” Kompany said. “We can’t go into it thinking it’s about winning the league, but it will matter so we need to put in a great performance.”
City’s skipper and Toure will be hoping to stay fit and in-form this season. If they do, the Citizens will be right up there when all is said and done.