Kompany banking on 2012 experience
We've been there and done it before, and that's going to help us do it again.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that his team's experience in handling a title race that has gone down to the wire will help them get through their EPL title decider against West Ham United tonight (Singapore time).
The Citizens were in control of their own destiny going into the famous 3-2 win over QPR in 2012 - and the Belgian feels that experience will ensure his teammates won't succumb to such a nerve-wracking ending this time around.
"That (the QPR game) will help us a lot. I think that perhaps the reason we nearly lost that game was that it was the first time we'd ever been in that position," he told Manchester Evening News.
"But now we've got that first time out of the way, it feels like the path is more clear.
"It's still difficult - we are favourites and the pressure is different now - but it's more like you know where you are going and you know what you need to do."
Kompany admits that he expects to be holding the EPL trophy aloft at the Etihad tonight.
He said: "It's my job to feel that and think that we will be champions.
"Every day on the training pitch I see we have a great team and a great group of guys, and there is never any doubt in my mind that this team deserve to win trophies.
"We have a chance to win the title and we have to do everything we can to take it."
Despite losing three of their four matches against title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool this season, City remain top of the pile on the EPL's deciding day, two points ahead of the Reds.
And the 28-year-old says the bitter taste of defeat has inspired the Citizens not to slip up in other matches.
He explained: "Defeat only gives you more hunger to win, that's my way to look at it. Defeat is never a bad thing if you know how to lift yourself - you can come back and be stronger.
"Our last competitive game where we could actually win something last season was against Wigan (in the FA Cup final) and we lost.
"The first competitive game where we could win a trophy after that was the League Cup final and we won it. When you lose something, you do everything you can to win more in the future.
"You enjoy the end of the race when you're winning but it's exciting being involved. I don't think any player in football should take this for granted when being in a position of being able to win something.
"The rate in which we win trophies - I want this to increase.
"For me, it's still a long-term project. If we win the league, it's just another building block for the future." - Wire Services.
it’s still difficult — we are favourites and the pressure is different now — but it’s more like you know where you are going and you know what you need to do.
— Man City captain Vincent Kompany