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Vincent Kompany claims he's "100% fit" ahead of Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid

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One of the most important players in the Manchester City squad is healthy, and he's not afraid to let you know.

City captain Vincent Kompany spoke to the press ahead of the Citizens' Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid, and the Belgian was very happy and confident in his statements. After battling calf problems throughout the season, Kompany is finally back to full fitness and is even expected to start against Los Blancos on Tuesday.

The skipper spoke about the long process of recovering from his injuries, and also analyzed the opponents ahead of the most important match in City history.

"I’m 100% fit - everything went well and, as always, unfortunately when you’re injured you have to work a lot harder than the rest and that’s what I did.

"People talk about my injuries, I talk about my comebacks. People mention 14 injuries to my calf, I talk about 14 times I come back. It takes a lot of character to do that, to be able to come back and play at this level I will focus on the positives and that’s me coming back and doing the right things. I will only blame myself if it’s for a lack of effort which has never been the case.

"We play against one of the greatest clubs of all-time. Our support tomorrow will be able to make the difference. If they turn up, I’ve never seen a City team not perform when the fans turn up. Otherwise, what’s the point of buying a ticket? That’s what we need from them.

Source: MCFC