Vinny: City still have lot to play for

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI

VIN­CENT Kom­pany be­lieves there is no rea­son to be dis­ap­pointed with City’s sea­son.

Pep Guardi­ola’s cham­pi­ons trail Liver­pool by 14 points hav­ing played a game more, mak­ing a third suc­ces­sive ti­tle un­likely.

They are well-placed to make the fi­nal of the Carabao Cup and are safely into the fourth round of the FA Cup, but must over­come La Liga gi­ants Real Madrid if they are to progress be­yond the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League.

City’s former cap­tain, cel­e­brated on Sun­day evening at a Football Writ­ers’ Associatio­n din­ner, is con­fi­dent the fu­ture is bright for the Blues - es­pe­cially with Guardi­ola at the helm - as they build for the sea­sons to come.

And he also does not think peo­ple should be writ­ing off their sea­son just yet – or fo­cus­ing pri­mar­ily on the league.

“They have Pep and no mat­ter what, Pep is the right guy,” he said.

“You never say over with City. The ti­tle isn’t in the hands of City and that is un­for­tu­nate, but there is so much to look for­ward to.

“When you look how they have been per­form­ing in cups – and the Cham­pi­ons League is still a mas­sive tar­get for the club – there is no rea­son to be dis­ap­pointed about the sea­son at this stage.

“It is an ex­pe­ri­enced team and they don’t have to prove any­thing to any­one.

“They have done it, they know what it takes. It isn’t about one sea­son, it is about an era, a pe­riod of time.”

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