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We can handle crazy climax, says Kompany

ESPN staff
April 28, 2014
Pellegrini: We always trusted ourselves

Vincent Kompany insists Manchester City team-mates have got the know-how to handle the crazy climax to the Premier League season.

Liverpool's loss to Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday and City's victory against Crystal Palace 2-0 swung the title race back in their favour.

Captain Kompany, who was involved when City won the league two years ago with a dramatic, last-gasp victory against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season, is confident the team's experience will be of benefit.

Manuel Pellegrini insists his Manchester City do not hold the advantage in the title race © PA Photos

"We're ready for it," Kompany said. "We are the team in the league that can't ever give up - especially after the year we won it. You would be crazy to think it is over, but obviously we did our job. It's in our own hands and you can't do more than that.

"We did what we had to do. It is difficult to predict the outcome of this league. There have been so many swaps and changes over the season but we are still very calm.

"We just kept our heads down. We knew we didn't play too well and had to change it - the last two games have been good."

City are third, three points behind leaders Liverpool and one point behind Chelsea. Manuel Pellegrini's side have a game in hand over both their title rivals and possess a better goal difference, but their manager is adamant his side still do not hold an advantage.

"No advantage now, no, but it depends what we can do in the future, that's very important,'' Pellegrini said. "We have always trusted that we can do it.

"The players knew the score [Liverpool's defeat to Chelsea], but it was a very professional performance. It could have been difficult for us to manage the game but we did it very well. For the moment we'll continue in third position, so we have to play and win our three games.

"But the good thing is that the destiny is in our own hands at the moment. This league will be decided by a narrow margin, maybe one point, maybe even goal difference. We have to remain focused in ourselves, and in every single match.

"We are not thinking about goal difference, we are just thinking about how to beat Everton next week. The most important thing is just to concentrate our minds on the next game. If we win our three games, maybe and Liverpool win their two, then maybe the goal difference will be important.

"But before that, we've got to concentrate on the games ahead of us. We must win the three games, I've said all year that all the big teams must feel pressure to win the title. Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United: all the big teams feel the pressure to win the title. Now we'll continue with the same pressure, but it's positive pressure.''

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