Vincent Kompany exclusive: Those famous City moments and how I became a Manc

On 11 glittering years in the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany appears back Within an with Sky Sports ahead of his manuscript.
Kompany, who captained Manchester City into four Premier League names, left in the conclusion of last season to come back to boyhood club Anderlecht.
From the first years before City’s takeover, to a tide of decorations under Pep Guardiola, through that Aguero minute and that Kompany moment, the 33-year-old chats with Geoff Shreeves to take a in-depth look at his time at the club…
Arriving for a fee of approximately #6m, Kompany would go to perform 360 times, winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and 2 Neighborhood Shields.
Looking back on his time at City Kompany insists it’s not about the trophies. The fact the club have transitioned to the best club in England out of mid-table, through bumps in the street, makes it a lot more unique.
“Moving through the transition City, and overlooking most of these names in the very first decades, then hardship in terms of expectations, failing, expectations, failing, and then carrying on. It is better doing it like this, for me, While I look back to this.
“I know I played a part in shaping the culture of this club, and most likely the future of this club, which means a good deal. There are not many clubs where it is possible to do it. It was a trip that is special.
“The owners arrived, and they were owners that give time to build, the perfect sort of owners to the club. So many come in and say they are going to pile cash in, be successful, but never attain it. That possession team stated they were going to build a plan and eyesight and came in, and can anyone doubt they did that?
“Not what was poor when I came, we had to alter a Few of the gamers to become a successful team, but it was a Fantastic club with an Excellent background, and I think that is what I attempted to keep sharing”
The Belgian was linked from City, but did speculation go far. He had eyes for City, but choice was staying at the Etihad though he admits he might have won league titles if he’d jumped around groups.
“I could have ended up in a different club, and out of four league titles you might have maybe turned it into eight, depending on what club you visit, and how effective it is.
“it is an aggressive club, City. It’s not like you are able to sit for a year and then wait around for what happens. Every move window, each six weeks, you and the rest of the world are competing. Anyone better in the world, they have the responsibility and you are not given the gift of staying City for 11 decades by anybody, you have to earn it for 11 years.
“Doing this, while being awakened by your body, my mother would have been pleased with me”
Born in Uccles, Brussels, Kompany has become an Mancunian. But that is not only a throwaway term.
Kompany is aware what it says he’s attempted to affect other players with those characteristics, also seems to become a Manc, and hope that continues long after his departure.
“I turned into a Manc at the end of this. All of these core values I had before I was a Manc, so them transported throughout recent years when I just signed. By its end I still think there’s a strong identification of Manchester that stays.
“If someone receives a knock to the pitch, you just get up, get on with it. You are in Manchester. It is irrelevant since you’re in Manchester whether you are a # 100m participant get on with it, and you’re likely to get up. That is Manchester’s aspect I strove to keep during, and I feel the group was shaped a bit like this because of many others and myself.
“I suggest, Carla [Kompany’s wife] and her loved ones are massive blues. There’s the red, who gets in at Christmas! But I got myself in a place where it always meant a lot for me, over anywhere else.”
Four years after being taken over, City’s first title came in the most dramatic fashion. Sergio Aguero winner from QPR intended City pipped Manchester United at 2012 seen as the moment in Premier League history.
‘Average City’ took on a different meaning.
“Average City style will have been to get rid of the game and dismiss it. That’s what typical City meant in those days. Now the Kun Aguero moment defines City that is typical, you win games and do not give you up return.
“Was my goal against Leicester more important? His goal was important! Mine looked improved, and that I never believed I would have !
“However, his was very important. He’d do his best to wait until that time, because he had the worst 93 moments of his profession, and I would have needed a word to say about that after the match if he didn’t’ score, but that is the beauty of his job! 1 moment can always flip it about.”
Kompany got his moment in May, though far more worried about keeping the ball out of the end. All year, the centre-back made a dramatic attack to watch Leicester 1-0 in their penultimate game off. Just like Aguero’s second, it went down in history.
His decision to depart was not public, although he knew that it was his last home game for City. Was he psychological?
“I am not an emotional type of guy. Nevertheless, it was emotional when I felt a goal, and likely because I was jumped on by everybody and I couldn’t be seen by you. But I thought:’What if this really is the goal, what if this is the sheet that was blank we maintain to the close of the match, which provides us the name.’
“The game ended 1-0, the children came on the pitch, so technically my last match for the club at home, and I knew [I was leaving]. Therefore it was quite emotional. Nonetheless, it City lovers will never forget. Not revealing it felt right. It wasn’t about me, it was about winning then, and what we needed to win after there is always time for goodbyes.
“It had been hard to maintain the emotion in. I am searching around and watch that this iconic stadium for me, and now I visit 57,000 people I am genuinely grateful towards, and next to me personally my own 11 team-mates, of that I have a couple players in particular like Kun Aguero along with David Silva, that I went through everything together with, thinking:’We’re still standing and doing this together!’ It was a night of feelings.
“That’s why I will always stay very humble in my entire life because I think these kind of things only happen since you stay humble, driven and focused. Finally, someone says:’Here you go, you receive your benefit.'”
View Manchester City Legends vs Premier League All-Stars on September 11 from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League; Kick-off 7.45pm
Money raised from the game will go to Tackle4MCR – the initiative which Kompany set up together with the Mayor Andy Burnham, of Greater Manchester, to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping .

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