For the first time in their history, Manchester City qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Citizens drew 0-0 against Dynamo Kiev, which proved enough after their 3-1 win in Ukraine.
However, their historical feat was overshadowed by the injuries to Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, who had to be replaced by Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis in the 7th and 23rd minute respectively.
There’s no reason to think the Citizens won’t be able to survive without Otamendi, but it’s a different conclusion when talking about Kompany, who’s expected to miss a month with his 14th Premier League calf injury, according to the BBC.
The Belgian skipper is City’s rock in defence and the team’s stats suggest they are pretty much doomed without him.
According to Sky Sports, the Citizens have played 13 league games with Kompany starting and 16 without the 29-year-old. When the Belgian played, City won eight times, while losing just twice. Resulting in a win percentage of 61. Without Kompany, City won only 43 per cent of their fixtures (7 of 16), while losing six times.
On top, Manuel Pellegrini’s side conceded just six goals with his skipper starting, while conceding 25 goals with the Belgian sidelined. The difference in clean sheets is nine (with Kompany) to four (without Kompany).
City have won just one of their last five league matches, falling to fourth place in the standings and trailing leaders Leicester by 12 points. Therefore, losing the Manchester derby on Sunday is not an option for the Citizens, even if they are playing without their captain…