Guardiola discloses how Kompany helped him as manager

Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany

Mueez Ajao

– Pep Guardiola says Burnley boss Vincent Kompany is one of the “biggest legends” he has managed as he prepares to welcome the former Manchester City captain back to Etihad Stadium.

– Premier League winners City meet the runaway Championship leaders in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

– Kompany, 36, won four Premier League titles during his 11 years at City.

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– “He was an incredible figure here. He is one of the biggest legends I have had,” Guardiola said of Kompany.

– The 52-year-old joked: “But I am a little bit concerned because when you start to play a game against a player you had on the touchline, you realise how old you are becoming!”

– Former Belgium defender Kompany, who left City to join Anderlecht as player-manager in 2019, has made a huge impact since taking charge of Burnley last summer.

– The Clarets are 13 points clear at the top of the Championship and need just three wins from their final nine matches to seal a return to the Premier League.

– “I am extremely grateful for every moment I’ve been able to experience at Manchester City,” said Kompany.

– “But I have to approach this game in the same way I approached every game at Manchester City, which is to do my job and live for that.”

– Kompany’s final game as Manchester City captain was the club’s 2019 FA Cup final win over Watford, which secured a domestic treble that year.

– His Burnley side has scored 74 goals in 37 league games this season, conceding just 29. They have only lost twice in the Championship – and not since 5 November.

– “From what I have seen, I’m not surprised at all with their position or what they have done in the Championship,” Guardiola said.

– “They will be a really tough opponent because they do incredible things on the pitch.

– “They’re so close to being a Premier League team. The way they play is exceptional.”

– Asked if he believed Kompany might one day return to the club, Guardiola said: “After seeing his team, I’m more than convinced he’s going to come back.

– “When? I don’t know, but it’s going to happen,” he added.

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