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Kompany wants Euro run

19 February 2009 02:34
Vincent Kompany believes an extended run in the Uefa Cup could reignite Manchester City's season.

The Blues have been frustratingly inconsistent yet again this term, with their away form giving the greatest cause for concern.

They have struggled on the road domestically all year, with only one Premier League win secured on their travels.

Mark Hughes' men have fared marginally better in Europe, and have progressed safely through to the last 32 of the Uefa Cup as a result.

That competition now represents the club's only opportunity to land some silverware this season, with Kompany determined to ensure that City's season does not fizzle out to nothing.

"Our form away from home has not been good in the Premier League but it is what has got us this far in the Uefa Cup," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"The European style of football perhaps suits us a lot more at the moment. It is very different to that which you encounter in the Premier League every week.

Learning curve"From playing for Hamburg in the Bundesliga I know what a good result it was for us when we went to Schalke and won 2-0.

"When you play in England sometimes it is against teams who maybe do not have the same football ability as Schalke but they will throw long balls at you and make the game just a physical debate and that is something at which we have struggled.

"If teams wish to make games simply a test of physical strength then you have to be able to respond in kind and at the moment we have not found a way around that problem, though I am 100 per cent confident that as a team we will do so and then start winning away games.

"It is good to travel abroad and see different things and learn from them. We have had a good run in Europe so far, we deserve to be where we are and there is a lot of excitement about this game.

"We are in the knockout stages and it is now when you really start to feel that you are playing for something and every game you win is a step closer to the final. It is a special atmosphere."

Kompany added on Thursday's encounter with FC Copenhagen: "A long European run is good for team spirit and it makes you feel as though you have a full season. It is not nice to be in a campaign where you have no cups to play for.

"In the position we are in now it is a good thing for us to have this Uefa Cup game and I am sure all the players are looking forward to it."

Source: SKY_Sports