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

To 11 glittering years at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany looks back in an exclusive sit-down with Sky Sports ahead of his testimonial.
Kompany, who captained Manchester City into four Premier League titles, left in the end of last time to return to boyhood club Anderlecht.
In the early years earlier City’s takeover, to a wave of trophies 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 in the club…
Produced from Hamburg in 2008 for a cost of approximately #6m, Kompany would go to perform with 360 times, winning two FA Cups four Premier League titles, four League Cups and 2 Neighborhood Shields.
Looking back to his time in City Kompany insists it’s not all about the trophies. The fact that the club have transitioned to the very best team in England out of mid-table, through bumps in the street, makes it much more unique.
„Going through the transition City, and overlooking most of these names in the initial decades, and then hardship concerning expectations, neglecting, expectations, failing, and then carrying on. It is better doing it like this, for me anyway, While I look back to this.
„I know I played a role in shaping the culture at the club, and probably the future of the club, and that means a good deal. There aren’t many clubs in which it’s possible to do it in this way. It was a trip that is special.
„The owners came in, and they have been owners who give time to construct, the perfect sort of owners for your club. So many come and say they’re likely to pile money in, be successful, but never attain it. That ownership team came in and said they went to build a strategy and eyesight, and will anyone doubt they did that?
„Not what was bad once I arrived, we had to change a Few of the players to become a winning group, however, it was a Terrific club with a fantastic background, and I Believe that’s what I attempted to keep sharing“
The Belgian was linked away from City, but did speculation go far. He only had eyes for City, but choice had been hard enough remaining in the Etihad though he admits he might have won league titles when he’d jumped around other groups.
„I might have ended up at a different club, and out of four league names you might have turned it into eight, based on which club you visit, and how effective it is.
„It’s an aggressive club, City. It’s not like you can sit down for a year and then wait around for what occurs. Every move window, every six months, you are competing with the rest of the world. Anyone better in the world, they have the obligation therefore you are not given the gift of staying City for 11 years by anybody, you need to earn it.
„Doing this, while being awakened by your entire body, my mom would have been pleased with me.“
Kompany has become an honorary Mancunian. But that isn’t just a throwaway term.
Kompany is aware what it states he’s tried to affect different players with those traits, and means to be a Manc, and hope that continues long after his departure.
„I became a Manc at the end of it. Each one of these core values before I had been a Manc, I had, so when I signedI carried them throughout the years. By the end of it I think there is a powerful identification of Manchester that remains in someone who never arrived from Manchester.
„If someone receives a knock on the pitch, you just get up, get on with it. You are in Manchester. It isn’t important because you are in Manchester, if you are a # 100m participant get on with it, and you are likely to catch up. That is Manchester’s aspect I attempted to keep throughout, and I feel that the group was shaped a bit like that because of myself and many others.
„I mean, Carla [Kompany’s wife] and her loved ones are massive blues. There is the red, who gets in Christmas! However, I got myself in a location where it always meant a great deal for me, more than anywhere else.“
Four years later being carried over, the first title of City came in the very dramatic fashion. Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp winner from QPR supposed City pipped Manchester United in 2012, widely seen as the moment in Premier League history.
‚Average City‘ subsequently took on a significance.
„Typical City style will have been to get rid of the match and blow it. That is what City that is average intended in those days. Now City is defined by the Kun Aguero moment, you do not give you up come back and win games.
„Was my goal against Leicester more important? His goal was important! Mine, well, appeared improved, which I never believed I would have on him!
„But his was very important. He’d do his best to wait till that moment, because he had the worst 93 moments of his profession, and I’d have had a word to say about that after the game if he didn’t‘ score, but that is the beauty of his occupation! 1 moment can always flip it about.“
Though far more worried about keeping the ball out of the opposite end, Kompany obtained his moment. All season, the centre-back produced a strike that was stunning to watch Leicester 1-0 in their game off. Just like the second of Aguero, it went down in history.
His decision was not yet public, although he knew it was his final home game for City. Was he emotional?
„I am not an emotional kind of guy. However, it was borderline emotional when a goal was scored by me, and probably because everyone jumped on me and you could not find me. However, I thought:’What if that is the aim, what should that is the sheet that was clean we maintain to the conclusion of the match, which gives the name to us.‘
„The game finished 1-0, the kids came on the pitch, technically my last match for the club in the home, and that I already knew [I had been departing ]. Therefore it was very emotional. But it is a time I will never forget, City fans won’t ever forget. Not disclosing it felt . It was not about mepersonally, it was all about winning exactly what we had to win, and then after there is always enough time for goodbyes.
„It had been hard to maintain the emotion in. I’m looking around and see this iconic arena for me, and now I visit 57,000 people I’m genuinely grateful towards, and next to me personally my own 11 team-mates, of that I have a few gamers in specific like Kun Aguero along with David Silva, that I went through everything with, thinking:’We’re still standing and doing this together!‘ It was a night of feelings.
„That is why I can always remain very humble in my entire life because I think these kind of things just happen since you keep humble, driven and focused. Finally, someone says:’Here you go, you receive your reward.'“
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Money goes to Tackle4MCR – the initiative which Kompany set up together with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness .

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