Vincent Kompany has warned critics writing off Manchester City’s title hopes to hold fire.
The influential skipper insists his side are more than capable of stringing together a run of big results.
The 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal has cranked up the heat on City to get a result at Stamford Bridge on the last day of this month.
Chelsea’s 5-0 demolition of Swansea and City’s defeat means Jose Mourinho’s men are five points clear at the top.
Kompany knows the snipers are gunning for his side but insists they are more focussed than ever on the Chelsea clash.
Kompany said: “In theory it should be better for us now because we will be more fired up for it, definitely. We have always been great in games like that so I’m actually looking forward to it.”
The Belgium defender says his men have hung in there despite having some of their big players missing.
He added: “I’ve seen the same desire that I have seen year in, year out and that will never change.
“We have been without Sergio Aguero, myself, Yaya Toure and David Silva for a long period of time and yet we are still here five points behind Chelsea.
“If you had said that to us a month ago we would have said ‘yes we will take it.’ It’s good and its highs and lows, that’s what it’s all about.”
And Kompany points to their recent record of being winners over the course and distance.
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