Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has fended off criticism that his team are not capable of defending their Premier League title and is prepared to prove the doubters wrong soon enough.
In the early stages of the season, City have failed to find the spark which saw them crowned champions in May.
That has led to some cutting analysis from outside the club and Kompany, outstanding at the heart of City's defence in the last campaign, has also found his form the subject of scrutiny.
"Personally, I don't ever get affected by it," he said. "I just keep living the life and keep working really hard. If one day goes a little bit less than another, I know I have at least done my best.
"By being patient and keeping doing what you have done to get success in the first place, you'll get there again. It is a very difficult thing. People around the club get wild and excited but I stay very calm.
"We'll be here in a couple of weeks or months and maybe everyone will [have] praises and smiles. It is going to happen. Everything takes time.''
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