Ajax v Man City: We can win the Champions League – Kompany
Ajax v Man City: Vincent Kompany believes the Citizens are capable of winning the Champions League despite a tough start
Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City are capable of winning the Champions League despite failing to secure a win in the competition this season.
The Belgium defender will captain the Citizens against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday night as the Eastlands outfit look to close the gap on Group D rivals Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.
City have lost three of their four away games since competing in the Champions League for the first time last season, but Kompany still believes Roberto Mancini’s men are capable of going on a winning run.
“We look at the competition thinking we have a big chance and are capable of winning every game,” said Kompany.
“We go into the game with a very good positive attitude and we feel we have had a good start to the season.
“We want to win all the remaining games. All of the games will be very important but I don’t think we are looking at any and thinking we can’t win. We will always have a feeling we can go into a game to win it.”
Kompany has been criticised for a series of below par performances this season, with the Belgian guilty of making mistakes at Real Madrid and West Bromwich Albion.
However, the 26-year-old insisted he is in “top form” after making his return from a calf injury at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
“My fitness is great, I’m in top form and the international game showed it as well. I’m just looking forward to the many games that are coming,” he added.
“When it comes to character and spirit and strength to overturn situations – you can only achieve that collectively. There is no such thing as a one-man team.”
Ajax v Man City: Pre-match facts
• Already beaten by Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, bottom-placed Ajax are seeking a first home victory over English opposition since 1980, when they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the second leg of the 1979-80 European Champion Clubs’ Cup semi-finals.
• City’s only previous trip to the Netherlands yielded a 1-1 draw at Twente in the 1978-79 Uefa Cup first round. They beat Twente 3-2 in the ensuing home leg and won by the same score when the clubs met again in the 2008-09 Uefa Cup group stage.
• City failed to reach the knockout stages last season despite collecting ten points in the group stage, matching the record for the highest points haul without advancing.
• Ajax coach Frank de Boer made his international debut in September 1990 in the Netherlands’ 1-0 defeat in Palermo against an Italy side for whom Roberto Mancini, his City counterpart, appeared as a 55th-minute substitute.