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Jan 27, 2014

Kompany warns of complacency

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists that his team’s attacking style suits the club but that they will have to work hard on the defensive side of their game too.

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City have scored an incredible 110 goals in all competitions this season, but they have also been regularly exposed at the back -- most recently in a 4-2 win over Championship side Watford in the FA Cup in which they had to come from two goals down.

Kompany has missed part of the season through injury, but now that he is back and leading by example, the Belgian is confident that manager Manuel Pellegrini’s tactics will continue to bring results.

“Our weakness is our strength, like any other squad that are so dominant and so attacking,” he told ESPN FC’s Roger Bennett. “We play with two strikers and two wingers who are virtually strikers and one of our midfield players -- which we only have two of -- is also virtually a striker.

“Our full-backs are  pushing up all the time, ultimately out of a team of 11 players we have six or seven who are always involved in the attack and it just means that there is a lot of ground to cover when you lose the ball. It’s a risk but it’s a style of playing that suits us at the moment.”

Kompany’s side face Tottenham on Wednesday night hoping to keep up the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title and the City skipper is sure he knows how to plug the defensive leaks for the rest of the season.

“Complacency is our biggest enemy, it’s very simple,” he added. “I’ve just said we have six or seven players thinking offensive, and that just means we have to be super aggressive to recover the ball quickly.

“When we don’t have the ball, ultimately we’re not as good anymore, so I think a good strength is to know how you function. This is how we function, so there’s no excuses for us not to look to get the ball back very quickly.”

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