MANCHESTER City captain Vincent Kompany has already set his sights on next year’s Premier League title after his team were confirmed as champions yesterday, following second-placed Manchester United’s loss to West Brom.
Pep Guardiola’s side put themselves on the brink of title glory with Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Tottenham and United’s failure to take points off the bottom side left City beyond mathematical reach.
Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal at Old Trafford, giving the Baggies an unlikely 1-0 win. The result leaves City 16 points clear with five games left. By completing the job after 33 matches, City have emulated United, who secured the crown with the same number of games to spare in 2001.
‘It’s the same feeling as the first time, you can’t describe it,’ Kompany said. ‘The first time you win it, you think you’re going to win all of them. The first time you lose you think you’re never going to win it again, so we want to hold on to this feeling.
‘I’ve been lucky to win three [titles] but so many I’ve missed as well. Today I’m happy, I suppose my team-mates will roll their eyes a bit when I say this but I’ve never been able to retain a title and I want to see if this team’s got it [in them] to carry on and be even more successful.’
Kompany indicated he spoke with the same voice as Guardiola, who has now won 24 trophies in a ten-year coaching career. ‘I think we share one thing maybe, the hunger and desire to never be satisfied. This is not a dynasty, it is one title we’ve won. There is so much to do before we unlock our full potential.’
United boss Jose Mourinho paid tribute to City, saying: ‘They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points.’
■ 2 — League defeats this season for Manchester City, to Liverpool in January and Manchester United a week ago