Vincent Kompany, the Manchester City captain, insisted that the Manchester derby is the most important match in the world – and he would feel it the same way even if these two teams weren’t in the middle of the race for the title.
Manchester City are now eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table and they are about to face second-placed Manchester United in a derby match. Vincent Kompany scored a derby-winner back in 2012 and he insisted that this match is much more important than the title race – and it’s also about pride and the rivalry between these two sides.
The Belgian defender spoke about the importance of this game as he claimed, according to Sky Sports: “I kind of press pause when it’s a derby and the season doesn’t matter to me anymore, it’s all about the derby. Managers and players do like to downplay it, but I don’t care, it’s rubbish. The derby at that moment is the most important game in the world to me.”
He added that for him, this match means everything: “It means more than anything else, and it will be everything I’ve got, everything the team have got and everything the fans have got to win that game. It doesn’t matter which position we are in, whether we need a point, three points, I don’t care, we need to make sure we leave that place with our heads high.”
In the end, Kompany admitted that he can’t control his emotions before a match like that: “I think it’s a natural thing to want to almost put expectations a bit lower, because it makes you feel like the pressure is perhaps easier to deal with, but in my case I am happy to deal with pressure. I enjoy it more than anyone else and I am happy to say that the derby is more important than any other game. I don’t care what anyone says.”