Man City boss Pellegrini backs Kompany

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has offered his backing to captain Vincent Kompany, whose performances have been the subject of criticism in recent weeks, the Guardian has reported.

The 28-year-old has displayed patchy form all season, and was subjected to a difficult evening by Barcelona in the Champions League last time out as Luis Suarez scored a brace at the Etihad Stadium. He now prepares to take on Liverpool on Sunday in what will be a key game in City’s challenge for the title

He has not had a regular central defensive partner all season, with Pellegrini choosing to rotate between the experienced Martin Demichelis and summer signing Eliaquim Mangala, although the Chilean does not believe that is a factor in his form.

However, he admitted that Kompany must accept the criticism that has come his way. “Vincent is an experienced player with a strong character,’ said Pellegrini. ‘He must receive the criticism that everyone receives when our team doesn’t have the performance that everyone hopes for.

“I think it’s not a problem for him, I am sure that he will have a strong reaction. Everyone can see the game in a different way. Media have the right to criticise.”

Signed from Anderlecht in August 2008, Kompany has been one of most important players in Man City’s rise over recent seasons, helping them to two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup. During that time he has been regarded as one of the top-flight’s best centre-backs.

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