“I hadn’t scored this season but I always feel in big moments that I’m going to do something,” and Vincent Kompany did it on a bigger moment, Monday evening, playing at home to Leicester City in a pulsating match that his long-range from outside 25 metres separated and return Manchester City to the summit of the EPL.
The Manchester City captain said he had lived up to a vow to “one day” score a long-range goal after his wonder strike secured a 1-0 win at home to Leicester that left the champions in charge of the destiny of the Premier League title with a match to play.
City were heading for a frustrating evening at the Etihad Stadium on Monday until Kompany let fly with a 25-yard shot into the top corner 20 minutes from time — the centre-back’s first City goal from outside the box.
With the victory, City returned to the top of the EPL by a point ahead of Liverpool as both teams head into Sunday’s last round of league matches.
“Today was a little bit of frustration, everyone was saying ‘don’t shoot, don’t shoot’ and I could really hear it; I thought hold on a second, I’ve not come this far in my career for young players to tell me if I can take a shot, and I just had a go!”
The Belgian last hit the target from outside the area back in 2007 but Kompany insisted: “I’ve scored goals like that in training!
“It’s 15 years I’ve been in top-level football, midfielders telling me ‘don’t shoot, play the ball wide’ and every time they miss, for 15 years I’ve been saying ‘I promise you, one day I’m going to have a shot from outside the box and I’m going to score a goal and you’re going to be really happy with that one’.”
-With Agency report