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Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany declares THIS is the season they win the Champions League

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VINCENT KOMPANY says this is Manchester City’s time to conquer Europe. Pep Guardiola’s men have only made it past the last 16 of the Champions League once in six attempts. But they are among the favourites to win it this year ahead of their first knockout-round clash at Basel on Tuesday evening. Defender Kompany has […]

VINCENT KOMPANY says this is Manchester City’s time to conquer Europe.

Pep Guardiola’s men have only made it past the last 16 of the Champions League once in six attempts.

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City can win the Champions League this season
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The Citizens defender is preparing to face Basel in the Round of 16
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But they are among the favourites to win it this year ahead of their first knockout-round clash at Basel on Tuesday evening.

Defender Kompany has been on quite a journey since he made his European debut for City in a Uefa Cup tie against Cyprus’ Omonia Nicosia in September 2008.

There have been a lot of disappointments and lessons learned since then.

But the Belgium international believes they will soon have their place among the European big guns.

The Belgian international first made his European debut with City in 2008
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The 31-year-old helped the English side reach the Champions League semi-finals in the 2015-16 campaign
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Kompany, 31, said: “We’ve been caught out on occasions when we shouldn’t have but things have changed.

“If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home, then it’s now.


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“I’m not going to say it’s a matter of time because some clubs never win it.

“But if every year we can go with this kind of confidence, then if not this year or next, eventually, we’ll get there. I’m sure of it.”

Several clubs have tried to break the stranglehold Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have held on the Champions League.

And Kompany reckons City have a genuine chance of altering the balance of power.

The centre-back added: “It’s one thing for us to make that statement but another for us to go out and do it.

“In previous years we’ve felt how difficult it is. We are trying to break into a well- established order — Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid.

“Any team who has tried it has failed.

“First it’s Basel, then get to the stage where we can measure ourselves against these teams and feel like we can beat them.”

Guardiola lifted the European Cup twice as Barca boss and reached the semi-finals seven times in a row — until last year in his first season at the Etihad.

And he admits he does not know whether his City team are ready to go all the way to May’s final in Kiev, despite their blistering domestic form.

He said: “I don’t know, really I don’t. I don’t know if we are ready. I have a lot of confidence in the guys and our target is to do better than last season.

“So the quarter-finals, that would be better and after that we’ll see.”

City are still in the hunt for an unprecedented Quadruple with just over three months of the season left.

Kompany denies there has been talk of it in the Etihad dressing room.

He said: “Quadruple talk, none. But winning the next game and the next one, always there is talk of that.

Vincent Kompany believes his side can match the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich
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The defender has been a peripheral figure at the Etihad in another injury-hit season
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“The key thing I’ve noticed — and I can’t say if it will get us all the trophies — is the ability to switch back on for every game.

“I’ve not experienced it in any team I’ve been in before.”

The veteran defender won the Premier League under former bosses Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini.

Kompany added: “I’d like to believe we are going to win the league and be successful.

“But my personal feeling is to see who is going to be more motivated to win even more next year.

“From game to game I’ve never experienced the focus and intensity and motivation throughout the team.

“But in terms of achievements, this team has done nothing yet.”

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