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Kompany: Champions League will test Liverpool

ESPN staff
August 20, 2014
Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City © Getty Images

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has warned Liverpool of the difficulties of combining the demands of the Champions League with a Premier League title pursuit.

Liverpool missed out on winning the league last season as they finished two points adrift of Manchester City, ensuring qualification for Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 2009-10.

City's second-round Champions League exit to Barcelona last season was the first time the club had progressed out of the group stage, having missed out in consecutive seasons under former manager Roberto Mancini.

"When the Champions League comes in, the Premier League will be a different competition all over for Liverpool," Kompany said.

"It's tricky for all the clubs that are involved in the Champions League because it will get more demanding as the weeks go on."

Kompany previously claimed Liverpool handed City their "hardest game" of the campaign despite a 2-1 victory at the Etihad stadium on Boxing Day last year.

The two teams meet for the first time this season on Monday night and Kompany believes City can build on a 2-0 win against Newcastle United last weekend.

"It's the first time for me that this home fixture comes so early in the season," Kompany said.

"But if we can perform like we did at Newcastle, we will be hoping to get the three points at home. Newcastle was important for us because it takes a lot of pressure away from the Liverpool game."

The defending champions have acquired six new players this summer - Eliaquim Mangala, Fernando, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero and Frank Lampard on loan from New York City FC.

The club have also secured the services of David Silva, Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero on new long-term deals which Kompany believes can help establish City as a major force both domestically and in Europe.

"It's one thing to make new signings but it's another to make sure we have a core of players who know the league and have enjoyed success in the league," Kompany added, who also recently signed a new long-term deal with the club.

"Then we can move forward with a certain style and philosophy that has been successful for us.

"For me it's important to see quality, new players coming but it is as important to see players like Silva, Kolarov and Nasri remaining at the club."

City have also announced that midfielder Bruno Zuculini has been sent on a season-long loan to Valencia despite only signing for the club in a £3 million move from Racing Club this summer.

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