Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Relief for Manchester City goalscorer Vincent Kompany after injury nightmare

Relief for Manchester City goalscorer Vincent Kompany after injury nightmare

The victory saw Manchester City climb back above Liverpool and into 3rd place giving them a seven-point cushion between themselves and the chasing pack.

Manuel Pellegrini guided City to the semifinal in 2015-16 - its best performance in the competition - but Guardiola said his players are still gathering the experience they need in order to conquer Europe.

Vincent Kompany is undoubtedly one of the greatest defenders in recent Premier League history, but unfortunately for Manchester City, he's rarely been available when they've needed him over the past few seasons.

"Manuel [Pellegrini] last season missed him a lot last season and we have missed him a lot [this season]".

Pep Guardiola might also be left to wonder how this season might have been different if he had had a fit Kompany throughout the campaign.

"Thursday week (April 27), we play the real final against United".

"In the first half it was not easy to find the right spaces, but we created enough chances to score goals", added Guardiola.

Two soon became three following another De Bruyne assist, this time racing to the byline and floating the ball into a unsafe area for Aguero to power home his 11th goal in 11 outings.

"We have to believe in ourselves and tactically we have to play for each other defensively and offensively".

Manchester City enter this game having just beaten Hull City 3-1 but they know that Southampton will be tough opponents.

Guardiola won the Champions League with Barcelona on two occasions but failed to do so with Bayern Munich and faces a challenging task in attempting to get City to the summit of European football. "From a set piece we scored a goal and they had to push up and after that we could get some players between the lines and counter attack and kill the game".

After Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, City host the Manchester derby, which their manager billed as "the real final".

"Congratulations to the team, especially the way we played".

There's a youthful theme to Tuesday's media round-up, with the newspapers carrying stories on Manchester City youngsters Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.

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