Vincent Kompany reveals that he HATES being compared to Pep Guardiola because he admits that the level of his old Manchester City boss is ‘completely unattainable’ at club Anderlecht.
- Vincent Kompany is in his first season as full-time manager of Anderlecht
- He was player-manager at the Belgian club last season but concentrated on playing
- Anderlecht’s playing style was carefully examined for Guardiola influences
- Kompany’s last three seasons as a defender at Man City were under Guardiola
- But the 34-year-old has become annoyed by the comparisons with his former boss
Vincent Kompany expressed his frustration about being constantly compared to Pep Guardiola and said his Anderlecht team will ‘never become Manchester City’.
The former Belgian international defender returned to the club where his career began last year after 11 successful seasons with City, including three playing under Guardiola.
Initially, a player manager, Kompany, 34, took on the role of head coach at Anderlecht, after retiring from professional football in August of this year.
Vincent Kompany has erased the comparison with his former Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, as he starts his first season as Anderlecht boss.
Kompany played three seasons with Manchester City under their current boss Guardiola
They are currently seventh in the Jupiler Pro League and have won five this season, drawn seven and lost two of their 14 games.
Inevitably, the Belgian club’s style of play has been scrutinized for suggestions that Guardiola’s coaching influence has had on Kompany, something that irked him.
“You have to stop comparing with Guardiola, because I didn’t come here with the announcement that Anderlecht would become Manchester City”, Kompany said in an interview with Eleven Sports.
‘I never said it, but it sticks to my skin even if I never say it.
‘I hate that we are getting too close to Pep because it is totally inaccessible. It makes the club look like a naive club, but we are not on the field.
Kompany’s Anderlecht side is currently seventh in the Belgian Pro League and played a goalless draw against Standard Liège over the weekend.
‘Nobody is talking about reproducing anything. Pep went to Barcelona to exhaust [Johan] Cruijff and Anderlecht that I knew and the academy where all players came from draw on Ajax in terms of DNA.
But it is not good for the club to bring this debate back to that and in the end it does not reflect what we are trying to do.
‘It is the identity of Anderlecht that interests us and that’s it. It will be different from other clubs and we have to accept it. ‘
Kompany added: ‘It’s always like that in football. When Pep wins, everyone wants to play like him.
Belgian defender Kompany spent eleven successful seasons at Manchester City until 2019
Kompany is determined to find his own way in management and not be compared to Pep
‘It’s like religion, one wants to prove that it is right everywhere and the other wants to prove that it is wrong everywhere. There is no absolute truth.
‘I know a way of playing and principles that tie in with what Anderlecht has been historically. It should not be forgotten.
What do I get when I ask my players to fall back, throw a long ball, and create a defensive block? Even if I win the title, my journey is pointless. ‘
Anderlecht, which won a record number of 34 Belgian championships in its history, did not participate in the European competition for the first time in 56 years last season.
They were eighth when the Pro League was cut short in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic and so was not quality again for Europe. It’s part of Kompany’s mission to bring them back to the higher echelons of the table.
Vincent Kompany spoke with the international sports channel Eleven Sports. Eleven Sports Belgium are the national rights holders to the Belgian Pro League.