Everybody and their mother knows that when Vincent Kompany is on form, he is one of the greatest defenders on the planet. Despite this, his poor luck with injuries has held him back severely. Fans were left feeling sorry for the Belgian when he repeatedly aggravated his previous muscle problems after hoping to make a glorious return. But now, Kompany is back and better than ever, scoring two goals and strengthening the defensive line immensely.
The defense has been a glaring problem for the entirety of the season, with clean sheets becoming a collectors item. Faith was lost in most of the players at the back, and their morale appeared to be at an all-time low. They were disorganized and clumsy, leaking many goals that were preventable and causing points to be dropped that should not have been. If you ask any loyal Manchester City supporter, they will tell you that the statement “we should have won that” sums up the whole campaign. However, since Kompany's rejuvenation, the defense has changed completely.
Vincent’s leadership is one of his most valuable qualities. You could argue that his captaincy is the most influential in the Premier League. He holds the entire defense together, keeping them organized and making his partners look like Paolo Maldini. Most notably, Nicolas Otamendi has improved substantially. This partnership will be crucial in City’s final push for Champions League football.
The 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace at the Etihad is the best example of how much the side has improved. The strength at the back injected confidence throughout the team, leading to fluid play for the whole ninety minutes. Kompany and Otamendi both contributed stunning goals on top of their defensive effort that resembled a brick wall.
Should the Belgian retain this form, he will bolster the growth of John Stones, one of City’s most promising young players. Should the club pursue new defensive options, he can help them settle as well.
The defensive problems are only becoming minor as Vincent Kompany molds back into the side, and supporters are being reminded of why they love their skipper so much.