Kompany doesn’t give a crap about the gap!
VINCENT KOMPANY has warned Chelsea: Your flying start means NOTHING.
Defending champions Manchester City are five points behind the Premier League’s early season pacesetters.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side return to top-flight action against Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.
And City skipper Kompany insists he does not mind the gap.
The Belgium defender said: “I can’t really say that personally I’m looking too much at Chelsea.
“When we won the league first time, we were nine points behind with six or seven games left to play.
“Last year it was Arsenal leading by six or seven points ahead of everyone in February and it ended up being between Liverpool and us.
“There are so many reasons why I’m not really focusing on getting back at Chelsea, but it’s important we get any type of win.
“Any game in the Premier League is difficult, so it’s important we get a result.
“There are no easy games ahead. Every fixture is a potential slip-up, but that’s what’s exciting about this league.
“I just look at the way we are playing and I know we are going in the right direction. That’s the most important thing for us.”
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho strengthened his squad by splashing out £70million on Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas in the summer.
But City playmaker David Silva warned his fellow Spaniards that they will not be allowed to coast towards the title.
Silva said: “Chelsea have made great transfers. They have a great team, a great squad.
“But it doesn’t mean things are going to be easy, especially in England.”
City will have Stevan Jovetic available – despite another injury scare for the striker.
Jovetic limped out of Montenegro’s 0-0 draw with Liechtenstein last Thursday, but was fit enough to play in the 1-0 defeat in Austria on Sunday.
City will offer a trial to 15-year-old Norwegian hot prospect Martin Odegaard as they bid to beat a host of rivals to his signature. Odegaard is the youngest player to feature in a European Championships qualifier and has been watched by City, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool.
The attacking midfielder plays his club football in his native Norway with Stromsgodset.
City are considering making an offer to sign the teenager in a structured deal that could be worth up to £14m – if his trial goes well.
They would then allow Odegaard to return on loan to Norway for the rest of this season before joining up with Pellegrini’s men in the summer.