Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

VIN­CENT KOM­PANY in­sists Manch­ester City are out to show they’re no mugs af­ter end­ing last sea­son pot­less.

City are still smart­ing from a cam­paign that cost Roberto Mancini his job as man­ager.

But Kom­pany says the play­ers are de­ter­mined there will be a sil­ver lin­ing this sea­son to make up for last year’s night­mare no-show.

The de­posed Pre­mier League Cham­pi­ons are back in train­ing un­der new boss Pel­le­grini.

And cap­tain Kom­pany re­vealed that City are al­ready chomp­ing at the bit to snatch the ti­tle back from bit­ter ri­vals Manch­ester United.

The Blues are also de­ter­mined to fi­nally make their mark in Europe af­ter bomb­ing out in the group stages in two failed Cham­pi­ons League cam­paigns.

On top of that, they

Manuel want to go one bet­ter than their shock Wem­b­ley FA Cup fi­nal de­feat to Wi­gan in May – the fi­nal straw that led to the end of Mancini’s tur­bu­lent but tro­phy­laden three-year reign.

Kom­pany in­sists the squad are united in their bid to right the wrongs of last sea­son, where they fin­ished a dis­tant 11 points be­hind United’s ti­tle jug­ger­naut that sent Sir Alex Fer­gu­son into re­tire­ment in style.

The Bel­gian defender said: “It’s an im­por­tant year for ev­ery­one. We have a lot to put right af­ter last sea­son.


“It’s im­por­tant now to try to im­prove on the last cam­paign.

“Our ob­jec­tive this year is to win things and to play well to­gether.

“We all know that we have to be very strong as a team and bond with each other.”

Re­spected Chilean tac­ti­cian Pel­le­grini, 59, has made an im­me­di­ate im­pact af­ter his sum­mer move from Malaga.

Kom­pany has been im­pressed as the new man in charge lays down his ground rules.

“His ap­proach with the team has been re­ally good,” said Kom­pany.

“What­ever the new boss brings in, we must try to make it our own as quick as pos­si­ble.”

CITY UNITED: Kom­pany is im­pressed by new boss Pel­le­grini

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