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Manchester City captain Kompany: Derby defeat no psychological blows

December 14, 2012

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has rejected suggestions his men suffered a psychological blow in their derby defeat and insists the players’ outlook has not altered.

Patrice Evra had claimed Manchester United now had the mental edge after Sunday’s 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium, City’s first home league defeat in almost two years.

Kompany brushed that off, however, and stressed the squad was focusing on this weekend’s trip to Newcastle.

‘I don’t know anything about psychological blows,’ he said. ‘Losing on Sunday changes nothing. We lost and we move on to the next game.

‘The beauty of football is that you are always challenged, whether you have lost or won, and the next game is always the most important.

‘We all know the importance of the [Newcastle] game but I don’t do very well in bad-scenario thinking.

‘For me there are so many positives that can happen if we win that game – I can’t think of the other side of that coin.

‘We have done it many times before and we need to get back in that mindset. If we do that, good things will come.

‘Newcastle away is just as difficult as the game we had on Sunday but nothing comes easy in the Premier League.

‘It’s a difficult game for us but it’s also a tough one for Newcastle as well.’

Kompany is a doubt for the trip to St James’ Park on Saturday after sustaining a groin injury against United.

City will be without Gareth Barry for the trip to Tyneside. The midfielder has been handed a one-match ban after admitting an FA charge of using abusive and/or insulting words to referee Mark Clattenburg following last weekend’s derby.


Source: Metro


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