Man City’s Pellegrini welcomes back Kompany and says league battle is long-term

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says it’s good to have captain Vincent Kompany back from injury – and the league title is not won in December.

Man City’s Pellegrini welcomes back Kompany and says league battle is long-term

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SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 23, 2015)(ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER MANUEL PELLEGRINI SAYING:

“Well the injury situation is better because I think that this week we are going to have the complete squad recovered, except Samir Nasri, he has a long injury, at least three months more. But Pablo Zabaleta worked with the squad, Fernando and Vincent – the three of them”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PELLEGRINI SAYING:

“Well of course you must. Always, you are always missing good players. Vincent is the captain here and if he doesn’t play of course it’s an important player we don’t have in our squad. The same as other names (Sergio) Aguero, (David) Silva, very important players. But I think that one of the most important things of this team is that we can be involved in all the important competitions, not just depending on one player, but all of them are very important”

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5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PELLEGRINI SAYING:

“No, the important thing is we have, we are in this moment in the third position, four points against (behind) Arsenal and six points against (behind) the leader (Leicester). We must play against, against Leicester now on the 29th, so it’s very important to try to win these (next) two games to finish the first round and I think it’s important to be involved in the title, as we are, at the end of January. It’s not important to be, well as much points as you have and if you are a leader it is better, but I think the important thing is to be involved at the last of January in the fight for the title and then you win the title in the last three months and not in December”

STORY: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is likely to make his comeback following a six-week injury layoff in Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Sunderland, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Wednesday.

In the eight league games the Belgium international started this season, City conceded once. However, they have conceded 18 goals in the nine matches they have played this season without the influential defender, who has been sidelined with a calf injury.

“Well the injury situation is better because I think that this week we are going to have the complete squad recovered, except Samir Nasri, he has a long injury, at least three months more. But Pablo Zabaleta worked with the squad, Fernando and Vincent – the three of them.”

Pellegrini added, however, that while you want your captain playing, all the players are important.

“Well of course you must. Always, you are always missing good players. Vincent is the captain here and if he doesn’t play of course it’s an important player we don’t have in our squad. The same as other names (Sergio) Aguero, (David) Silva, very important players. But I think that one of the most important things of this team is that we can be involved in all the important competitions, not just depending on one player, but all of them are very important,” said the Chilean.

After Monday’s damaging 2-1 loss to Arsenal, City will be looking to end their shaky form on Saturday, having lost three of their past five league games.

Five of the past six teams to have been top of table at Christmas have gone on to win the title, but Pellegrini dismissed the fact by saying that titles are not won in December.

“No, the important thing is we have, we are in this moment in the third position, four points against (behind) Arsenal and six points against (behind) the leader (Leicester). We must play against, against Leicester now on the 29th, so it’s very important to try to win these (next) two games to finish the first round and I think it’s important to be involved in the title, as we are, at the end of January. It’s not important to be, well as much points as you have and if you are a leader it is better, but I think the important thing is to be involved at the last of January in the fight for the title and then you win the title in the last three months and not in December,” said the City boss.

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