Kompany surprised by rift rumours

24 February 2009 02:11
Manchester City midfield Vincent Kompany has played down reports of dressing room unrest at the club.[LNB] With all the nationalities and high-profile players at City, it had been suggested some of Mark Hughes' players had clashed in recent weeks.[LNB]Weekend reports hinted striker Craig Bellamy had fallen out with Robinho and that the pair were no longer talking, suggestions the ex-West Ham man swiftly refuted.[LNB]Kompany has now added his weight behind the argument, stating his surprise at the talk of unrest in the City dressing room.[LNB]"When I read and heard about the supposed problems in the dressing room it really surprised me," he told the Manchester Evening News.[LNB]"If there has been a reaction in the dressing room then it is from players who just want us to win games and be successful and improve themselves and the group.[LNB]"If you look at the collective aspect of the team it is important we have the attitude of not accepting second best. Many times before as a squad we have been okay with average results but now the team will not accept this anymore.[LNB]No tension"There are no tensions at all in the group. There is a very good team spirit and sometimes it is important that players feel free to say things to each other.[LNB]"Too much of what has supposed to have happened in the dressing room is exaggerated by people, who were not there. A constructive debate is always an important thing to have." [LNB]Meanwhile, Kompany has praised City's efforts in their 1-1 draw against high-flying Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.[LNB]Bellamy's goal had City ahead on Merseyside only for Dirk Kuyt's second-half effort to ensure the points were shared.[LNB]City's performances and results away from home have often flattered to deceive and the Belgium international believes the benchmark has been set following their impressive Anfield showing.[LNB]"Liverpool was a big credit to us. For the first time in a while we were almost perfect in the second half, we looked to be a really strong side," he added on the club's official website.[LNB]Performance to expect"That's the kind of performance we needed and the sort we should be expecting from ourselves, especially away from home.[LNB]"We don't have to tell anybody how difficult it is to get a result like that at Anfield, and that's two good performances coming after the 2-2 draw in Copenhagen. That's something for us to build on.[LNB]"We are feeling positive because we definitely look a stronger side - we could have scored one or two more on Sunday.[LNB]"The collective spirit was there for all to see at Anfield. The players ran many kilometres and worked their butts off.[LNB]"It's a very good team spirit, but it's also important to get things said - players want to improve themselves and the group, so it's important you talk about things from a collective aspect. It's to be expected from a team aiming to be top."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports