Manchester City have had a noticeable difference in their defence with and without star centre-back Vincent Kompany. Although the Citizens are right in the thick of the Premier League and League Cup title hunts, manager Manuel Pellegrini has no intentions of spending big on Kompany’s replacement.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Pellegrini does not plan to bring in another centre-back in the January transfer window as a replacement (even if temporary) for the injured Kompany, citing his confidence in the team’s ability to win without him.
“I think we can win the title not only without Vincent Kompany – I think we are going to win the title if we don’t depend on just one player,” Pellegrini said.
“It doesn’t matter who it is, you don’t want to depend on just one player because you have a good squad.
“Everyone must demonstrate their performance in every game and I think more important than just one name is to have a performance as a team, which I think we had against Leicester in the last game.
“If we add those important individual performances I am sure we are going to be involved in the fight for the title.”
Kompany has appeared in just 12 of Man City’s 28 matches in all competitions, the difference between his presence and his absence has been very noticeable.
The Citizens were able to record a clean sheet against high-scoring Leicester City last week thanks to Eliaquim Mangala and summer pickup Nicolas Otamendi. However, the absence of Kompany cost the club a chance to win their Group Stage in the Champions League.
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