Stating that to get back to your best, sometimes you need to recharge the batteries, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has credited the club’s perfect start in this season’s Premier League to their “invigorating” 18 month break.
After three games, Manuel Pellegrini’s men sit atop the league table with 9 points, 8 goals scored and none conceded, something Kompany revealed is due in no small part to squad’s extended break since the end of the 2013/14 season.
“It really refocused all of us,” said the Belgian centre back. “When you have that rest and you get a chance to properly motivate yourself again, great things can happen.”
Questioning why more teams don’t take year and a half long breaks to revitalise themselves, Kompany stated that being able to take their mind off work and simply relax has given the squad a new impetus this season.
“We feel totally refreshed. When we all arrived back for pre-season training in July, you could tell that that the whole squad was revitalised,” said the former Anderlecht and Hamburg man.
“Football is high intensity and often tough, but having had the opportunity to spend the last 547 days thinking about other things, without pressure, away from the game, we’re ready to return to our best.”
Given the early success of the prolonged break, Kompany refused to rule out the possibility of the squad repeating it.
“If we win the league this season, we might even go away for longer.”
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