Kom­pany doesn’t give a crap about the gap!

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JAMES McMATH

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.

Ex­cit­ing

“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.

Trial

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.

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