Guardiola: Kompany Will Not Be An Automatic Starter

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According to manager Pep Guardiola, his captain Vincent Kompany will not get his regular spot on the team when he returns from injury.

The Belgium international has been plagued with injury problems and recently tore his thigh muscle in the UCL semifinal against Real Madrid.

The defender is poised to return from his injury, but Guardiola insists he’ll battle Otamendi and Stone for his spot.

Asked if he will soon be facing a selection dilemma for the centre of defence, Guardiola said: “Absolutely not.

“They have to compete with each other. We’ll see on the pitch what is the best for that game.

“That’s the best way to arrive in April or May with a chance to fight to win the titles. We need the players competing with each other.

“They have to know if they don’t play well that there’s another one beside them and the next time he is going to play.

“I need Vincent because I know his quality. I need him to put pressure on John, Nicolas, [Aleksandar] Kolarov – all of them.

“Vincent is close [to returning] but not yet.”



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