Kompany targets more silverware
Vincent Kompany dropped the FA Cup but has vowed to win more silverware after helping Manchester City finally end their 35-year trophy drought.
City beat Stoke 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday as their £300million spending spree finally began to pay dividends.
One of the few players to precede the Sheik Mansour takeover, it is somewhat ironic that Kompany has done more than most to bring success to Eastlands.
Unquestionably City's player of the year, it was fitting therefore that he was given the honour of carrying the FA Cup out of the winning dressing room and onto the team coach - although the moment was tarnished slightly when he dropped the cup en route.
No damage was done, however, and a jubilant Kompany said: "I think the club, the fans, everybody deserves it.
"Terrific celebration but you could already hear people: 'We want it more often'.
"That's the feeling that you want to have again."
City's triumph came just four days after they sealed fourth place in the Premier League.
Kompany added: "We've laid down the foundation, I feel, not only with this but with the qualification for the Champions League.
"Those are foundations for us and we're going build a house on it now.
"We've always gone a step forward in the last three years I've been here.
"Let's just think of achieving something better than this year and we will already be closer to our target, which is ultimately to some day win the league."
Manager Roberto Mancini imposed an alcohol ban on his players ahead of Tuesday night's Premier League game against, of all teams, Stoke.
But Kompany was determined to spend the rest of his weekend partying hard.
"After 35 years, you win together, you celebrate together," he said.
Mario Balotelli was named man of the match but Saturday witnessed another imperious display from Kompany and his defensive cohorts as they completely nullified Stoke's attacking threat.
The Potters reverted to type as long throws, crosses and set-pieces peppered the City penalty area.
Belgium star Kompany said: "Stoke is a very dangerous team on set-pieces and you never, ever guarantee that, at some stage, one of those big guys would not have a knock-on and it will go to your goal.
"So you always have to be 100 per cent but I thought, in those moments, we stood and we showed another side to our game.
"We feel confident, to be honest, when we defend.
"I heard somebody say as well that we have the record now of clean sheets at this club and it's not just the defenders, it the way midfield worked for us."