Vincent Kompany has urged his teammates to forget the FA Cup for the next three weeks.
The Belgian international was speaking frankly at the presentation of his Etihad Player of the Month award, an occasion he used to praise the contribution of City fans to recent events.
The City defender has enjoyed an outstanding season for the Blues, an effort that was recognised by the Belgian earning a place in the Premier League Team of the Season at the PFA awards over the weekend.
“The awards are nice but there’s only ever been one target for me and that’s to win prizes with City,” he confirmed. “I’m very grateful for it but ultimately my only goal is to lift silverware at the end of the season with my teammates.”
With club captain Carlos Tevez ruled out of the FA Cup semi final victory over Manchester United on Saturday, Kompany led the Blues out at Wembley. He admitted it was the incredible performance from the fans that day that helped the team to success - and that they could potentially play a big part during the club’s race to secure Champions League football.
“Tevez is the club captain so it was sad for us that he wasn’t there and we’re all looking forward for him to be back,” he stated. “But to step in during his absence, for me was a great honour. I’ve always been a player who’s grown with responsibility and who’s been that type who likes to drive the others forward. Whether I have the armband or not my role in the team stays the same.
The fans can make such a huge difference- and they really did at Wembley. You can feel when the fans are really up for it and it becomes a different game for us as well. You saw that as soon as we had the first chance, the game was shifting towards us.
“But this is all past us now and we have to think about the future. There’s not a single easy game coming up and we’ll need the fans to do the exact same thing as they’ve done in those big games for us.
Although Kompany is excited at the prospect of playing Stoke in the FA Cup final in May, he insists that the team, who are back in training today following some time off, are focused on the fight for fourth spot.
“I’m really happy about facing Stoke in the final, but for me that’s a discussion that I’ll want to have a couple of days before that game. Right now there’s so many games in-between that could make this season different from any other season here before. We have to focus on achieving a win at Blackburn, everything else comes later. We take it all one game at a time.
“Everybody will come back in with a smile today, but we know that after the Sunderland game we’ve probably approached the Liverpool game a bit too casually. That can’t happen anymore. We must be focused and make sure that, for Blackburn, we’re thinking the same way as we did for the United game."