Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that this weekend’s clash against Liverpool could become one of the defining moments of the season. The veteran centre-back helped guide City towards their third Premier League title last season, but with Liverpool emerging as favourites to lift the trophy in 2018/19, Kompany has admitted that there are “more than three points at stake” for both clubs this weekend.
While winning the Premier League title is no easy feat, defending it is considered to be one of the biggest challenges in world football. Over the course of the last decade a number of clubs have come unstuck when attempting to claim back-to-back titles, often citing European commitments, fatigue, and over confidence as major contributing factors.
Many of these factors simply do not apply to Pep Guardiola sides. The decorated Spaniard expects 100% from his players 100% of the time, and would never allow a squad to rest on their laurels. Some problems however, cannot be solved by consistent hard work, and this weekend’s clash between Man City and Liverpool will present Guardiola’s side with a unique challenge, testing not only their will to win, but their psychological resolve.
Whichever way you look at it, there’s no denying that the result of Sunday’s clash will have huge repercussions for both Man City and Liverpool. For City, a victory would provide a welcome sigh of relief having struggled against Liverpool last season. For Jurgen Klopp’s side, a victory against the title holders would only serve to strengthen their own title ambitions, and solidify their status as favourites to win the 2018/19 campaign.
“It’s a big game. Both teams are at the top of the league at the moment.” said Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany. “It’s too early to be defining but it certainly has the feeling that a lot more is at play than the three points.
“These games are always the ones you want to win. They are certainly a team in form and are playing at home – it will certainly be a difficult game for us.
“But I think this team has always shown we are up for these kinds of games.”