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Kompany is frustrated with being likened to Guardiola

Wed 02 December 2020 | 6:28

Anderlecht manager is tired of answering questions about his former Man City boss.

After winning 12 trophies in his 11 years at

Manchester City

,

Kompany

returned to his boyhood club,

Anderlecht

as a player-manager. He retired as a player before the current season to focus on managing his side which are currently sitting 7

th

place of the

Belgium league

table.

Kompany has slammed on his club's style and results’ criticisms, believing critics have unrealistic expectations talking to Eleven Sport.

"You have to stop comparing with Guardiola because I didn't come here saying that Anderlecht was going to become Manchester City. I never said it but it will stick to me even if I never say it. It bothers me that we're getting too close to Pep because it's totally inaccessible. It makes the club look like a naive club, but we are not on the pitch.

"No one is talking about reproducing anything. Pep went to Barcelona to draw from [Johan] Cruyff and the Anderlecht I knew and the academy from which all the players came from draw on Ajax in terms of DNA, but it's not good for the club to bring this debate back to that and ultimately it doesn't reflect what we're trying to do.

"It's the Anderlecht identity that interests us and that's it. It will be different from other clubs and we have to accept it."

Opposed to the Belgium manager,

Guardiola

is a well-established manager with winning lots of trophies during his times at

Barcelona

,

Bayern

, and

Manchester City

. Kompany admitted that like his former boss, he wants to play a more proactive, possession-based kind of football.

"It's always like that in football. When Pep wins everyone will want to play like him," the 34-year-old added. "It's like religion, one wants to prove it's right about everything and the other wants to prove it's wrong about everything. There is no absolute truth. I know a way of playing and principles that correspond to what Anderlecht has been historically. It should not be forgotten.

"What will I gain if I ask my players to fall back, play long balls and create a defensive block? Even if I win the title, my journey is useless."


source: SportMob