Kompany reminds Man City that defense is as important as offense
Manchester City has been one of the most impressive teams in all of Europe this season, especially when it comes to playing attacking football. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany admits his side has gained respect because of their brilliant attacking force, but insists Manchester City should work hard towards improving the defense as well.
The Belgian center-back sees his side doing well under Manuel Pellegrini’s philosophy of playing attacking football. However, Kompany wants to remind his team that defense is equally important.
Manchester City have been on a rampage this season. The Eastlands have scored a total of 110 goals in all competitions this season. The frontline has gained a revered reputation for being relentless when it comes to scoring goals, especially at home. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the defensive line, which conceded two goals from Championship side Watford within half an hour in the FA Cup match on the weekend.
Pellegrini’s men won the match, thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from Sergio Aguero and a goal from Aleksandr Koralov, but the headline became Manchester City’s fragile defense. Kompany, who has missed a major half of the season because of injuries, is back on the field and ready to lead his side. Kompany believes Pellegrini’s tactics will take Manchester City to silverware and help in becoming a greater dominating force.
“Our weakness is our strength, like any other squad that are so dominant and so attacking,” Kompany told ESPN FC’s Roger Bennett. “We play with two strikers and two wingers who are virtually strikers and one of our midfield players -- which we only have two of -- is also virtually a striker.
“Our full-backs are pushing up all the time, ultimately out of a team of 11 players we have six or seven who are always involved in the attack and it just means that there is a lot of ground to cover when you lose the ball. It’s a risk but it’s a style of playing that suits us at the moment.”
Manchester City will face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane. The pressure will be on Pellegrini’s side, who will not only be on the road, but will face Tim Sherwood’s rejuvenated side. Arsenal and Chelsea will closely watch Manchester City’s progress since a slip up at this point means a big setback in the title race.