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

Rod Laver Arena feels like a living room now: Novak Djokovic after winning Australian Open

first_img Next Rod Laver Arena feels like a living room now: Novak Djokovic after winning Australian OpenNovak Djokovic won his 7th Australian Open title after beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final on Sunday. Djokovic, who won his 15th Grand Slam, is now third in the list of most men’s singles Grand Slam titles.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 07:22 IST Novak Djokovic has won all seven finals he has contested at Melbourne Park (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the final to win his 7th Australian Open titleDjokovic has now won 15 Grand Slam titles, third most in the men’s singles”I am very comfortable playing at the Rod Laver Arena,” Djokovic saidNovak Djokovic, the man of the moment, is “over the moon” after winning the Australian Open title for record seventh time. On Sunday, Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the final at the Rod Laver Arena for his 15th Grand Slam title.Djokovic was ruthless in his approach throughout the match and broke Nadal five times in his 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory in a match that lasted 2 hours and four minutes.Djokovic has now won all seven finals he has contested at Melbourne Park, including the 5 hour and 53-minute championship match against Nadal in 2012.Members Only15 and Club#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/3pdLvRnAEY#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic said he feels very “comfortable” playing at the Rod Laver Arena.”It does feel like a living room for me. I am very comfortable playing at the Rod Laver Arena. I have definitely been playing my best tennis throughout my career on that court. Reliving those memories every year when I come back helps me to kind of raise my game to another level. Without a doubt this has been the most successful tennis tournament in my life,” Djokovic said.Congratulations @DjokerNole – King of AO and lots, lots more to come. You make it look easy, it’s not. Your dedication and hard work is there for all to see. More records await. Rocket. #AusOpenRod Laver (@rodlaver) January 27, 2019Happy Slam Smiles #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/gwvtlX7R18#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019″I am, obviously, very happy and over the moon with positive motions,” he said.advertisementDjokovic won his third consecutive Grand Slam since returning from an elbow injury, winning the titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018. This is also Djokovic’s 15th Grand Slam crown.”It’s [Sunday’s final vs Nadal] ranked right at the top of all-time best quality tennis Grand Slam finals that I have ever played. Back-to-back… semi-final against Lukas Pouille and the final against Nadal have probably been the best two matches I have played under the circumstances and I am just grateful to experience this,” Djokovic said.FEDERER RECORD IN SIGHTThe victory in Mebourne Park also helped Djokovic surpass Pete Sampras in the all-time list of men’s singles Grand Slam champions. Djokovic is now third in that list behind Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slams and Rafael Nadal in second place with 17 major trophies.”Playing Grand Slams, biggest ATP events, is my utmost priority in this season and in seasons to come. How many seasons are to come? I don’t know. I’m not trying to think too much in advance.”I do want to definitely focus myself on continuing to improve my game and maintaining the overall well-being that I have mental, physical, emotional, so I would be able to compete at such a high level for the years to come, and have a shot at eventually getting closer to Roger’s record. It’s still far.”[email protected] sent the press into hysterics #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7blHxlDfHM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019What does it mean for @DjokerNole to surpass his idol Pete Sampras in Grand Slam titles?#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/jUUGj8l9Uk#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019A fan didn’t have anything for him to sign, so @DjokerNole took off his jacket, signed it and gave it away #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/DjbaJAHsUr#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019SCENES!#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Hw2RC6fusF#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019pic.twitter.com/Ji8riCQwlsNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 27, 2019Proudly Serbian @DjokerNole #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/euZNEugTgq#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic also thanked the “amazing” fans from Serbia who turned out in great numbers to support their tennis star.”They have been amazing. I just want to thank them for their great support over the years. It’s a big serving community in Melbourne and I have been feeling their love for so many years but this year they have been the loudest that I have experienced,” Djokovic said.Also Read | Novak Djokovic reveals new Aussie slang word he learnt after winning 7th Australia OpenAlso Read | Novak Djokovic was fantastic in the Australian Open final: Rafael NadalAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Australian Openlast_img read more