Team spirit the key – Kompany

Roberto Mancini’s side have dropped just two Premier League points

at home all season and sit top of the table on Christmas Day for

the first time since 1929. Having also ended the club’s 35-year-old

trophy drought by winning the FA Cup in May, Kompany is more than

happy with their progress and is optimistic they will have more to

celebrate by the end of the campaign. He told Sky Sports News:

“This year in particular has certainly been proof of the fact we’re

going about it the right way and that’s the main thing for us. “I

almost feel like I want to wait before I talk so much, but I really

have a gut feeling that tells me that this is the season for us.

“It’s not based on the fact that I’m being pretentious because of

the players we have in the team or the money that has been spent.

It’s not about this. “I feel we have a very good team spirit. This

is something probably is the thing people don’t expect as much in

our team. “The fact I see it every single day motivates me even

more because I believe we’ve got it more than what people see and

what people think.” Kompany credits Mancini for the improvements

made at City, saying the Italian’s “obsession” with getting better

has driven the players on. “He’s a very passionate man – there’s no

mistake about that,” the Belgium defender added. “What you see on

the touchline is the man you get. He knows his football. “He’s

obsessed – in the same way a lot of players are in our team – with

victory and getting better and making sure that even when we win

we’re not looking back on the positive things but also on the

things that went wrong so we can improve.” One of the players to

have made a difference for City this term is Argentina forward

Sergio Aguero, who has taken no time to adjust to life in England

following his £38million summer switch from Atletico Madrid.

The 23-year-old bagged two more goals in Wednesday night’s win over

Stoke to take his overall tally to 15 – 13 of which have come

during City’s surge to the Premier League summit. And Mancini does

not want Aguero to stop now. “I hope Sergio can score 30 goals,”

said the Blues boss. “It is the same for Edin (Dzeko) and Mario

(Balotelli). If they scored 50 goals between them it would be good

for us.” Although it was generally acknowledged across Europe that

Aguero was a player of exceptional talent, he could hardly have

been expected to open his City career in such prolific fashion. He

joined the club at the end of July, when he came off the back of an

arduous and unsuccessful Copa America campaign with Argentina.

Normally, players who have taken part in the South American

championship either start slowly due to their lack of a pre-season

programme, or flag after a couple of months because of tiredness.

Aguero has so far avoided both problems. “Sergio is very strong

physically,” said Mancini. “He is not tall but his strength is

amazing. “Also, he has always scored goals in every championship.

For this reason I don’t think he has had any problems. “He is still

only young and maybe now his value is even more because he has

scored 15 goals in three or four months. “He has the confidence to

score even more but what is important at the moment is that he has

improved our team.”