Vincent Kompany is already looking ahead to next season, just hours after Manchester City were confirmed as the 2017/18 Premier League champions following Manchester United’s shock defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford.
City’s club captain, who celebrated the win live on camera, spoke to Sky Sports in the aftermath of City being crowned champions.
“The first time you win it, you think you’ll win all of them,” said Kompany. “Then the first time you lose one, you think you’re never going to win another ever again.
“You just want to hold on to the feeling. It’s a difficult achievement and I’m proud of the team and everyone involved.”
Vinny sounds determined to buck the trend of champions underachieving the year after, something City have had happen to them twice, and wants the Blues to be ready for another assault on the title next season.
“You can’t take it for granted. I’ve never been able to retain a title and I want to see if this team has it in it to be even more successful. I want to see how we react now next season.
“I’m probably the first one to think about next season. I’d like to stay humble – this is not a dynasty, it’s one title. We’re all delighted, but there’s a lot more to do to unlock our full potential.
“This one differs in the fact we were consistent the whole season, we played at the level we wanted to and a few times we won it before we nearly threw it away.
“I’ve seen many teams win it where they’ve been champions all season and it’s a first for me.”
Kompany is also a big believer in Pep Guardiola and praised his impact on the club and squad.
“I think we share one thing – he’s been able to transfer to the team that hunger and desire to never be satisfied.
“We all believed in it. There was a period of adaptation for him coming into the league and for us taking in his methods.
“They were the right ones and the ones we believed in. I’m sure they are differences to how we play today compared to Bayern and Barcelona, we survive and live by the strength of the team.
“One team was dominant in Germany and one had Messi, but we are nothing without the team.”
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