Kompany backs Belgium as World Cup dark horses

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes his Belgium side deserve to be thought of as dark horses to win the World Cup, Sky Sports has reported.

Kompany skippers the Red Devils into their first international tournament since World Cup 2002, when they progressed out of Group H – finishing second behind co-hosts Japan and ahead of Russia and Tunisia – only to be beaten in the Round of 16 by eventual winners Brazil.

While Kompany doesn’t feel Belgium are among the favourites for the tournament, he rates their chances as higher than a number of other fancied teams. “I consider four or five countries favourites and then that’s it,” Kompany told the Guardian.

“You have the usual suspects, the ones you think of off the top of your head,” he added. “Then it’s like, are we more favourite than Colombia? Are we more favourite than Uruguay? Are we more favourite than Chile?

“There are so many other teams that come into that category. If we do really well then we have a chance. If we just have a normal performance or a little bit less, we will be out of it really quickly.

“Realistically we are not the favourites, but in my mind every game I play, every competition I enter, I want to win it. Until it’s proven otherwise I don’t believe any other team is stronger than my team. On paper it is, but I try not to be realistic. Belgium thinks we are going to be world champions, so the pressure is not too bad.”

Kompany goes into the tournament on the back of a successful season at club level, leading City to the Premier League title for the second time in three years. He is joined as a Premier League representative by the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Mirallas and Thomas Vermaelen.

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