Vincent Kompany, Manchester City

‘Kompany absence not the issue’

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has refuted suggestions that the club’s slump in form is down to the absence of their captain Vincent Kompany.

City have suffered a dip in results without Kompany, winning just two of their last six games and have failed to keep a cleansheet without the presence of the Belgium international, who has been sidelined with a calf injury.

Nevertheless, Pellegrini, whose side face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Tuesday, disagrees with claims that Kompany’s absence is the reason behind City’s poor run.

“No, I don’t agree with your conclusions,” he told reporters.

“The whole season there are a lot of games we played without our important players. We must make a balance of the whole season.

“Last season, we finished the last six games without Vincent Kompany, we won the six and had four clean sheets.

“It depends on the performance of individual players, it depends on a lot of things. In the last two years, we played a lot of games without important players.”

Pellegrini will once again be without his captain Kompany and Sergio Aguero for the clash against Gladbach where a win against the Bundesliga outfit would strengthen their chances of finishing top of Group D; avoiding the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last-16.

But the Chilean won’t be too downhearted if they finish second, he said: “If you don’t finish at the top of this group. I don’t think it is disappointing because we have had to play twice against Juventus and didn’t beat them.

“If we don’t win, we qualify but not in the way we wanted. But after that I don’t think we have to always be pessimistic about the draw.

“You might finish top and have a very difficult draw against a team that finishes second in their group.”

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