Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Is Vincent Kompany the most invaluable defender in Europe?
I don't like Manchester City. Actually I hate them. I hate how, thanks to a billionaire, they are suddenly considered a big club and how in modern football it's the power of one man's bank account that defines whether or not a football club is able to compete at the highest level or not. But that'll be for another post...
However thanks to that massive injection of cash, Manchester City do have some very, very, good footballers in their squad. Among those players, there is one man that stands head and shoulders above all the rest. One man without whom they look completely lost. It's their captain Vincent Kompany.
This season City are going through a transitional phase since replacing Robert Mancini with Manuel Pellegrini, but so far they have lost 4 games in the league and in 3 of those games, their captain wasn't playing and they looked hopeless while defending. His importance to their success is unquestionable.
Last season his importance was even more evident. City lost 6 games in total in the league. In 4 out of the 6 games, do you know what the common factor was? Vincent Kompany wasn't playing. In one of those 4 games they lost, which was to their neighbors United (3-2), Kompany limped off injured in the 21st minute and they went on to lose the match.
So it does raise the question of whether or not Vincent Kompany is the most invaluable defender in Europe? Can City perform without him?
Every other top club in Europe has had their main defender(s) injured at some point over the past couple of seasons and they've all coped admirably with the cover they have. But City just haven't been able to do so. Whether it was Kolo Toure last season, or DiMechelis this season, they look lost without their rock and captain at the back.