Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany believes it is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for the supporters to see their club lift the Premier League title in the derby against Manchester United. The Citizens require a maximum of two victories to attain the English crown, and they could find themselves lifting the trophy in the Manchester derby next month.
Speaking after the Citizens’ 2-0 triumph over Stoke City, Kompany believes the club can achieve their target of winning in the derby, though they have several important games prior to that, he said: “Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. But (we have to be) steady. We have one game before that which will be difficult and then we will see. It is not going to be handed to us.”
Meanwhile, manager Pep Guardiola downplayed the club’s chances of winning on the day, and he is more focused on their team’s performance rather than pondering about when they could lift their third Premier League title, he said:”Everybody has asked me about it but the important thing is that on March 12 we have 81 points. We want to be champions and to do that we need to win two or three games.”
The Citizens are already out of the FA Cup which offers them an extended break during the international friendlies, but thereafter they have a key Premier League outing versus Everton, which is followed by a double-legged Champions League tie against Liverpool to be played on either side of the Manchester derby.
Guardiola has pretty much guided the club to a double during his second season in-charge, but the treble could lie on how they perform against the Reds. City’s only league defeat of the season came against Liverpool as they lost by a 4-3 scoreline at Anfield. The reverse fixture saw them win by a comfortable five-goal margin, albeit playing against 10 men after Sadio Mane was sent off.