Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v Man City

Sunday, 01 March 2015, 12:00

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 1 - 2 Barcelona

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 19:45

Champions League First Knockout Round

Kompany: City looking sharp

Vincent Kompany is confident Manchester City's squad is the sharpest it has been 'in a long time' ahead of their bid to reclaim the Premier League title.

Last Updated: 23/07/13 at 16:38 Post Comment

Vincent Kompany: Captain says Manchester City are looking sharp

Vincent Kompany: Captain says Manchester City are looking sharp

City finished second behind local rivals Manchester United in last season's title race and were also beaten by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final.

Manuel Pellegrini has subsequently replaced Roberto Mancini as coach and City have improved their squad by signing Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.

Preparations for the new campaign continue against South China on Wednesday in City's first game of the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

And, though City lost both matches during their recent trip to South Africa, captain Kompany is happy with how things are progressing.

"I can sense this team is hungry and there's been a great group atmosphere," said Kompany.

"At the same time, we've worked really hard in training and it has been really positive. It's probably the sharpest I've seen the team in a long time.

"I know the games and results [in South Africa] probably didn't show it, but that was only because in training we worked ever so hard and the focus was on increasing the fitness level.

"We didn't do enough last year and I see a team that means business. That is a great thing for me to see."

Assistant manager Brian Kidd believes the players are smarting from last season's disappointment and is happy with the quality in the squad.

Kidd said: "I can't say enough about our squad. I think it's a super squad of very talented players and there are some good people in our squad.

"I think, come kick-off time, it's going to be a hard ten months in the Premier League, but I think we'll be ready for it.

"The players are hurting from last season because they are a proud bunch and they didn't take it lightly, believe you me."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Liverpool's Europa League exit a boost to top-four chances ahead of Manchester City showdown, says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher looks ahead to Liverpool v Manchester City and reckons the Reds might find it easier to bounce back.

Arsenal announce £11m profit and £138.8m cash reserve

Arsenal have returned robust financial results, with turnover increased to £148.5m and an overall profit before tax of £11.1m.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal eyes 'luck'

Louis van Gaal claims the most important factor in Manchester United's pursuit of a top-four place is 'luck'.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company