EPL: Manchester City had a point to prove, says Vincent Kompany
Defender admits Manchester City's sloppy pre-season was a wake-up call for the squad. They blew West Brom away on Monday night to open their English Premier League campaign in style
West Bromwich: Vincent Kompany admits Manchester City's sloppy pre-season was a wake-up call for the squad. They blew West Brom away on Monday night to open their English Premier League campaign in style.
In the spotlight: Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Monday. Pic/AFP
Kompany sealed a 3-0 win with a second-half header after Yaya Toure and David Silva put City in control. They lost 2-4 at Stuttgart 10 days ago and captain Kompany believes the defeat gave them inspiration to improve.
"We came out with a point to prove," the defender told the club's official site. "Last week, when we played against Stuttgart, it was a really poor performance and that was actually a good thing for us because we knew we had to work on a lot of things.
"If you look at the training sessions we did last week, you'll see this is a team with a lot of intensity. Seeing the faces, I knew the team would be ready for this game."
The spotlight was on City's new £49million man Raheem Sterling, but it was Silva and Toure who stole the show.
Toure was influential in City's first two goals, first producing a shot which was flicked by Silva and then deflected off defender Craig Dawson on its way in, and the second a fine finish before the 25-minute mark. Sterling should have also marked his debut with a goal, but was denied by Boaz Myhill when clean through.
It was a stroll for Manuel Pellegrini's men with West Brom offering little resistance as new £12million record signing Salomon Rondon watched from the stands.
And boss Tony Pulis, who admitted he got his tactics wrong against City, still wants to do more business.
He told the club's official site: "We need to strengthen the axis of the team. We will try to do that during the coming period. But as I've said before they have to be the right player.
"Any player we bring in has to strengthen the squad."