Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Guardiola hailed Kompany's commanding return to his side, but admitted back-up for the injury-hit captain is necessary.

The Citizens moved in third place on the Premier League standings after thrashing Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad on Saturday, moving ahead of Liverpool on goal difference and four ahead of the Red Devils in fifth place.

Kompany also netted a brilliant goal in Saturday's win and Guardiola is thrilled to have the centre-back available again, saying he was keen for the No.4 to make small but significant steps on his way back to full fitness.

"I didn't speak with him but I'm pretty sure [former City manager] Manuel Pellegrini missed him a lot last season, for the last two seasons". We missed him a lot.

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And the Catalan has further praised the player by describing him as a "real central defender". He is a real central defender. said many times, for a central defender, how many duels do you win with the striker? More than the (opponent), you are a central defender. He wins a lot. No doubt about that. "We can enjoy ourselves a little bit (following the win over Palace) and then prepare for Leicester next week". We can not give all the confidence he will be fit because of the experience of the last years.

Guardiola's acknowledgement of Kompany's virtues perhaps marks a shift in his thinking as he has come to terms with the Premier League.

Guardiola believes City would have been worthy champions this season had they been more clinical in front of goal.

Kompany has brought organisation and strength back to the defence and perhaps helped bring the best out of Nicolas Otamendi. "The goal difference is so important".

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"His work rate for the team is exceptional, and his understanding of which areas he can be in to affect the game is really good".

"But we have dominated games, have been organised and tried to play in a certain way. He made not a bad goal".

Guardiola was delighted to have him back and is hoping he can now have a similar influence in City's three remaining games.

"If we are to in a game every player has to be 100 per cent on song and you can say we were not 100 per cent against City", he said. "When we spoke this season with Vincent, we said don't put on pressure". He has to be able to train regularly and play one game.

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