Kompany: Title race not over even if City lose

first_imgVincent Kompany does not believe that Manchester City will be out of the running for a Premier League title no matter what happens in Thursday’s clash with Liverpool. Liverpool enter the game holding a seven-point lead in the standings as City struggled through the month of December, losing three times and allowing Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side to open up a gap at the top.  City famously ran down Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United for the league title in 2012​, and while a loss would see Guardiola’s side fall 10 points back, the Belgian says all hope will not be lost.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We overcame eight points in six games in the past,” he told reporters. “I don’t live with that scenario in my head, of what happens if we lose.  “The moment I have to face the situation, at that moment I’ll see what the options are.  “I promise you now – when you are 10 points behind, all of a sudden, if there are not many teams between you and first, it only takes one team to start having a bad month and you will be back in.” And while the 32-year-old admits that winning against Liverpool will make defending their title much easier, he doesn’t see it as a match that must be won for City to claim another crown.  “It’s easy for everybody to assume that everything rests on this game,” he said. “I’m probably one of the only ones that disagrees, for the simple fact that we only had three games that we were below standard. That’s how far we are now.  Kompany quote“It only takes the other teams three games below standard and if we play to our ability, we will be back in.  “I want us to win because it gives us a better chance. Any other result, as long as we get back to the team we are, I think we will compete still.” City ended their poor December with a 3-1 win over Southampton, and Kompany implored his team to “come out fighting” in 2019 as he hopes they will be able to challenge on multiple fronts in the second half of the season.  “From the experience the players have been through before, sometimes you can turn it around, sometimes it doesn’t happen. “Just now, when you are caught in the corner, you come out fighting. If we come out fighting, even if results don’t go the way we want, because you can be lucky or unlucky in football sometimes and in life in general… if you come out fighting, eventually with the talent we have, we will get back on top of it.  “Hopefully, with enough time to catch up with Liverpool and to win other trophies as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Prince Harry announces surprise trip to the Netherlands next week with Baby

Oprah Winfrey’s podcast series was also on the list along with paid-for mindfulness app Headspace, presumably because Prince Harry – who last year told a monk about his own daily meditation practice – is a fan. The Duke of Sussex is to make a surprise two-day visit to Holland next week, it has been announced, increasing speculation that his first baby will arrive before the weekend.The Duke will travel to Amsterdam on Wednesday, May 8, for the trip, which has been arranged to launch the one year countdown to the Invictus Games.The Duchess is due to give birth any day now, with fans left confused as to the timing of the announcement and whether the Duke would leave either his newborn child or very heavily pregnant wife at home.It is understood that the Duke will cancel the trip at the last minute if necessary.In a short statement, Buckingham Palace said: “While in the Netherlands, the Duke will undertake an official engagement in Amsterdam.”His Royal Highness will then travel to the Hague to officially launch the one year countdown to the Invictus Games – The Hague 2020. Meghan is due to give birth any day now The Duchess has previously told members of the public that her baby was due at the end of April and beginning of May.The announcement of travel plans has fuelled theories – denied by the palace – that the Duchess has already given birth and is keeping the baby a secret from the public as she settled in to the early days of motherhood.   The small group included Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, who conducted the first major interview with Prince Harry about his own mental health struggles two years ago.Other favoured accounts include actress Jameela Jamil’s “i_weigh”, which encourages girls to share their true worth rather than their weight, and a high-end fitness class run by Taryn Toomey, a friend of Meghan’s who attended her New York baby shower. The unexpected visit will pose a significant diary conflict for the Royal Household, with the Duke’s father, the Prince of Wales, already confirmed as making a major trip to Germany at the request of the Government from May 7th to 10th. Prince Harry congratulates Marc Van De Kuilen of the Netherlands in Sydney The Prince’s visit, with the Duchess of Cornwall, has been widely interpreted as a show of friendship to the nation amid difficult ongoing Brexit negotiations.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who has not undertaken a public engagement since March 19, also surprised their fans on social media yesterday, after “unfollowing” all-but-one of the accounts including Clarence House, Kensington Palace and Invictus Games.Instead, they followed a select handful of 15 new accounts along with Heads Together, urging their own followers to pay attention to a series of mental health champions. Meghan is due to give birth any day nowCredit:Reuters Prince Harry congratulates Marc Van De Kuilen of the Netherlands in SydneyCredit:Getty read more