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Citizens captain removes CL pressure

Vincent Kompany is taking it easy in the Champions League

By | 19th September 2013

After two painful Champions League campaigns in recent seasons, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has moved to remove the pressure on his City teammates in this year’s competition. Manuel Pellegrini has replaced manager Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium in a bid to improve City’s European performances, and has already got the club off to a stunning start, winning 3-0 on Tuesday night against Czech side Plzen.

Despite the big win, Kompany says that the club should just focus on finishing within the top two of the group, removing the added pressure of trying to take the top spot in the group over Champions League winners Bayern Munich. The Germans are one of the powerhouses of European football, making three of the last four Champions League finals and winning one. City’s captain isn’t too bothered by the club’s upcoming bouts against Bayern.

“We want to be in the top two of the group,” Kompany said, according to the Independent. “We know if we do our jobs correctly and beat CSKA Moscow and Plzen at home, that should see us through.

“I think the pressure is off us a bit. There’s no reason for us to have too much respect for the opposition [Bayern]. It’s one of those games which, if you win, sets you up really nice in the group. And if you don’t, then you know you have to win the rest of the games.”

City had a poor run of form in Europe under former manager Roberto Mancini, failing to get out of the group stage in his two tries. The club finished rock bottom of Group D in last year’s competition, though they came up against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Dutch side Ajax.

City take on Bayern Munich at home in their next Champions League match on October 2nd, and face another difficult fixture when they take on derby rivals Manchester United this Sunday.

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