Vincent Kompany: Nobody at Man City believes Liverpool tie is over
Vincent Kompany insists no one at Manchester City has given up on reaching the Champions League semifinals despite their 3-0 first leg defeat to Liverpool.
The City captain insists Pep Guardiola's side will create chances in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium and are capable of overturning the big deficit.
Only two sides -- Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna -- have ever comeback from a three-goal or more defeat in the Champions League era but Kompany believes the runaway Premier League leaders are capable of pulling off the improbable.
"There's not one single person at Manchester City who believes this game is over. Not one person," the Belgium international told reporters.
"We have to live with the consequences of this result but that's what makes football special. We had a very short period of time in this game where everything went wrong but the same can happen in the next game for the opposition. That's what keeps us believing we can create chances.
"We can dominate like we dominated the second half. We didn't concede anything in the second half but the game plan didn't change for them. They still tried to catch us out on counter-attacks and we just dealt with it. If 90 minutes of this can happen we will create chances and anything is possible."
City's failure to score at Anfield means that if Liverpool can score at the Etihad on Tuesday, the home side will have to score five to progress.
"If we need to score five so be it," Kompany added. "We've prided ourselves all season on being the team that we are. The second half we certainly went back to being the team that we are.
"I've been in many games at Anfield where for 90 minutes you don't get out and it wasn't like that. It was just for a very short period of time we threw a lot away.
"From that moment onwards if it's the same kind of game at home as the second 45 minutes here then over 90 minutes we have to be able to create something."
Kompany believes the home fans have a massive part to play by creating a hostile environment just as the Liverpool supporters did at Anfield.
"It's everything," he said. "I've seen it happen. Big games, big nights, they have always shown up and this will be one of them.
"It's been all nice and easy looking from the outside. It's not been when you're playing. Now we've got to do it the hard way and they [the fans] have got a massive role to play.
"Fair play to Liverpool -- their fans, the club, the way they lived up to this event but it's our time to do it now but I've seen it before so I've no doubt they can."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.