Manchester City News

Kompany motivated by Wembley defeat

February 25, 2014
By Richard Jolly

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has insisted defeat in last season’s FA Cup final was perhaps “the best thing” that has happened to him.

Nasri issues Wembley warning
Mooney: Pressure of success

The Belgian defender said he is driven on by the painful memories of losing to Wigan at Wembley in May and believes he is far hungrier to win trophies now.

Kompany returns to Wembley to skipper City against Sunderland in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final determined to ensure the underdogs don’t have their day again.   

Vincent Kompany Manchester City celeb v Chelsea
GettyImages Vincent Kompany is determined to lead Manchester City to their first silverware under Manuel Pellegrini

He told national newspapers: “In the back of my mind, I still have the defeat against Wigan last season.

“It’s not a negative, it has been my drive and is possibly the best thing that has happened in that it has given me even more hunger.

“You realise how precious it is to you and your people. It’s alright saying the FA Cup is this, or the Capital One Cup is this, but it really matters.

“And it doesn’t feel nice to go all that way and then, just before the end, you see it taken away from you.

“There are no hard feelings in the sense that we didn’t deserve it that day, but obviously with the talent we have in this squad, you just want to make sure everyone puts in a performance on the day.

“All I know is that it will be a football game like any other, and I just want the whole team to be at its best on the day.

“Emotionally it was tough, and it was something I took on board. I learned a lot from it. After that game, I have never wanted to win trophies so badly.”


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.