Vincent Kompany admits he is willing to put Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes on hold if it means they can secure Champions League progress.
The Citizens can clinch domestic glory this weekend if they beat fierce rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, but the fixture comes in between the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Liverpool.
City lost the first leg at Anfield 3-0 on Wednesday and they now face an uphill task if they are to progress through to the last four of Europe’s premier club competition.
Captain Kompany believes his side are capable of overturning that deficit and with the Citizens boasting a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings, he admits he is happy to delay their title celebrations by another week if it means they can secure European progress.
“We’ve got one chance to do it in the Champions League. In the Premier League we’ve got plenty of opportunities to do the job,” said Kompany.
“We’ll make it [the Premier League] a priority now for the next three days. It’s never been like this. You play the league and usually go on holiday but this one feels completely different.
“There’s not one single person at Manchester City who believes this game is over. Not one person. We have to live with the consequences of this result but that’s what makes football special.”
In an ideal world, City would like to claim domestic glory this weekend and progress in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s side are priced at 1.95 to wrap up the title by beating United on Saturday, while the Red Devils are available at 4.00 and the draw is on offer at 3.60.