Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


City not seeking salvation - Kompany

15 April 2013, 14:08

Manchester -  Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has rejected suggestions that his side's entire season hangs on whether or not they can overcome Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final.

City defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the semifinals on Sunday to reach their second final in three years, two years on from the 2011 success against Stoke City that ended the club's 35-year trophy drought.

City failed to make it beyond Christmas in both the Champions League and the League Cup, and with Manchester United surging to victory in the Premier League, it leaves the FA Cup as their only chance of silverware.

However, with his side also in a comfortable position in second place in the league, Kompany sees no reason to be downcast about their performances this season.

"It is not a question of salvaging the season. You never know how good your season will be until after the last game," he said.

"It is important for our fans that we bring trophies back to Manchester. If we achieve that this season, it is important we cherish it and be happy about it.

"You can always improve and we have another season to do that, so you shouldn't look backwards too much."

Goals either side of halftime from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero appeared to have set City on course for a comfortable victory at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, only for Demba Ba's 66th-minute goal to leave them hanging on.

In a tense denouement, Aguero was fortunate to escape punishment for an appalling two-footed stamp on Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, but City manager Roberto Mancini played down the incident.

"I didn't see it. I need glasses," he joked.

"Usually Sergio takes a lot of kicks from defenders. I don't know what he did. This can happen in football.

"The referee was there. There were six referees on the pitch - I think if Sergio does something wrong... (he would have been punished)."

Mancini was rewarded for keeping faith with goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who has deputised for first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart in the competition.

The Romanian produced several important saves, notably thwarting Juan Mata and Ba in quick succession at 2-1, and Mancini suggested that he would keep his place for the final on May 11.

"Costel did very well," Mancini said.

"He is a good keeper and he deserves this situation because he has been here for two years and has done very well behind Joe Hart.

"It is a good situation for Joe too. We have four weeks to the final, but I think it will be Pantilimon."

City will enter the final as strong favourites against a Wigan side who currently trail them by 34 points in the Premier League and are embroiled in a battle to avoid relegation.

However, Wigan produced a superb performance to beat Everton 3-0 in the quarterfinals before sweeping past Millwall 2-0 on Saturday, and Kompany anticipates an evenly balanced game.

"The stadium and pitch will suit Wigan, but it will suit us as well. I expect it to be a good game because they know how to play football and we do as well," he said.

"For our fans it's harder when it is open, but it will be a great game for the neutral."

City will have an early opportunity to size up their final opponents as they face Wigan in the league on Wednesday.

"For us it's important to beat Wigan, because we need to have more points for the second position," said Mancini. "It's important to win."

- Sapa/AFP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
George Vodongo
President renews calls for nation...

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to instead focus on unity, cohesion and prosperity as the country approaches the campaigns period. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
What causes cellulite?

Cellulite usually affects the thighs, buttocks, waist and upper arms.  Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
IEBC selection panel settles on B...

The panel appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to recruit new IEBC commissioners has picked Bernadette Musundi as its chairperson. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Uhuru Kenyatta's bag of goodies t...

He promised to go back with more goodies next week. Read more...

Submitted by
Solomon Opala
Are women after money only

Many feel that it takes only a fat wallet to please a woman. Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Kalonzo says he will defeat UhuRu...

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has expressed confidence that he will send the Jubilee government home in the upcoming Presidential election. Read more...