Vincent Kompany rejects claim

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has rejected claims that his side are starting to feel the pressure of the title race, and knows that their destiny is no longer in their own hands.

Roberto Mancini’s men have started to slip up of late, and a 3-3 draw with Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday gives Manchester United the chance to go five points clear at the top.

Despite the dip in results of late, Kompany does not feel his players have become susceptible to nerves.

“It was not a good performance and we didn’t do enough to win the game,” he told the club’s official website.

“It is not nerves – there is nobody in the team who has not been in this situation before in another league.

“So, it wasn’t nerves, we didn’t do enough.

“Ultimately we didn’t get beat but I am sure every single person in the stadium will feel as if we are disappointed for this game.

“The reality is it is not in our hands anymore. For us to get back in the race for the title we need other teams to take points away from United and we (need to) finish the job when we play them at Eastlands.

“That is the reality of what is happening now. We will keep believing, definitely. It is just not as easy as it was before,” he concluded.

City eyes will be focused on rivals United’s clash with Blackburn on Monday night at Ewood Park.

By Gareth McKnight