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Manchester City in Premier League 'hunting season' - Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany says Manchester City are ready to hunt down their rivals again to claim their third Premier League title.

Fourth-placed City are 10 points off the top of the table although they have two games in hand ahead of Wednesday night's fixture at Liverpool.

Kompany, who moved to the Etihad from Hamburg in 2008, helped City overhaul their rivals to claim both of their Premier League crowns in 2012 and 2014 and says they know what it takes to do it again.

The City captain said: "What we've learned in our recent history is that moment likes this you just have to get your head down and start racing as much as you can. It's what we call the hunting season now so we're not going to look back or do anything other than focus on the opponents that we have to play.

"We just have to make sure that everything we have we leave on the pitch. There's no other way to approach this anymore. You can't come with mathematics or anything like this. We just have to race to the end and see how many of the 36 points we still have to play for we can bag and we'll be close if we have a lot of them.

"It's an awkward time of the year -- it's almost as if we have nothing to lose anymore. We still have a lot to play for but nothing to lose anymore."

City have lost their last two Premier League games at home to top two Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. But they beat Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie and followed it up by claiming the first silverware of the season with the Capital One Cup win over Liverpool on Sunday.

Kompany added: "It's like all the gates come off. That's how it felt with the performance in Kiev and against Liverpool at the weekend and that's the feeling we have the re-create for Wednesday.

Vincent Kompany's winner in a 1-0 late season win over Manchester United in 2011-12 enabled Manchester City to top the table with two matches to play.
Vincent Kompany helped Manchester City to league victory in 2012, and again two years later.

"Just take all the gates off and go for it. It's a little bit less calculated and probably more entertainment value for people watching but it's the only way for us to get there now because we're in a trailing position.

"It's a weird feeling but its hunting season so it's better to be chasing than be chased in some ways. The whole organisation, everyone at the club has to have the knife between the teeth and know that now everyone needs to be as sharp and focused as ever.

"It's not just the players but the way we all behave. We can get to something special."

City have won just once in 27 attempts at Anfield and Kompany knows how difficult it is to win at Liverpool, although the Reds have not won a league game at home in 2016.

He said: "I think it's all about momentum. It's hard to predict an Anfield away game because it's so difficult -- that's just how it is.

"But our team has been showing different signs and we have to make sure we maintain the standard that we've had in the last two games and carry it on.

"I'm sure if we manage to get a positive result at Anfield then we'll be able to maintain that and gain even more momentum. That would be an incredible achievement if we managed to go to Anfield and get a good result."

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.


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