We'll have a full report up shortly, but for now we'd just like to congratulate Manchester City for securing the first silverware of the season beating Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley to win the 2013/14 League Cup...
We'd also personally like to thank Vincent Kompany for providing us with what must undoubtedly go down as the photo of the final.
Stephen Ireland was once the best player on an expensively assembled Mark Hughes managed side. The year was 2009 and Manchester City had just been subject to a takeover from the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. At the time, Stephen Ireland was the best player on the Blues team that included Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Robinho and Daniel Strurridge.
Manchester United midfielder is a 'special player': Kompany - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Marouane Fellaini didn't have a rocking start to his Manchester United career. The Belgium international was probably not the first choice midfielder for the club but having failed to land other targets in summer, managed David Moyes went for him on the transfer deadline day, paying a hefty transfer fee of £27.
After scoring at the right end of the pitch for Manchester City, centre-half Vincent Kompany then produced this moment of well, sheer bad-luck induced flukery to chip Joe Hart in the City goal and level the scores at 2-2. The Citizens still went on to win the game 4-2 but what a bizarre OG from the Belgian superstar!
Manchester City could be without captain Vincent Kompany for tomorrow's game against Southampton as Manuel Pellegrini ponders whether to risk playing him for a second time in four days. The Belgian defender returned from his injury layoff for Wednesday evening's match at West Brom. While his comeback saw City secure their first away win of [.
Manchester City were expected to be a real force this season after a change of manager and a busy summer in the transfer market. This season may only be 9 games old, and there's a lot of soccer left to be played, but so far City currently sit in seventh place, have been beaten three times and look defensively vulnerable.
Quandry for Pellegrini as City back line needs re-assessment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As 90 minutes ticked over at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, both Chelsea and Manchester City seemed destined to share the spoils. But then suddenly and not for the first time this season the City defence was thrown into disarray with a moment of miscommunication and panic, allowing Fernando Torres to steal in and snatch the points for Jose Mourinho's side.
Manchester City heads North on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup to take on Newcastle United on the back of both clubs having suffered disheartening 2-1 defeats over the weekend.
Newcastle failed to win yet another meeting with Sunderland as the Black Cats look to have clawed their way halfway out of the Premier League drop zone, while City continue to struggle in the League as well after a tough away loss to Chelsea.
Chelsea vs Man City: Blues Favourite To Win For These Four Reasons - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This Sunday, Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho will be looking to earn full three points at home. Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed some great clashes in the La Liga with Real Madrid and Malaga respectively and this will be the first time both the managers will be meeting against each other in English soil.
French teenager Kurt Zouma is reported to be a £7m transfer target for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini The St Etienne centre-back has been earmarked as the young pretender who could help City avoid the defensive injury crises that seem to befall them quite regularly while also providing competition for Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastastic.
Aston Villa continue to be rocked by the loss of Christian Benteke to injury while Manchester City continue to get their players back a few at a time. While David Silva and Martin Demichelis are still out injured and Sergio Aguero has joined their ranks on a short term basis, the return of Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic has helped to solidify the defense.
It's not often that a defender is lauded as man-of-the-match following a 4-1 win. But after City trounced United in the season's first Manchester derby, amongst the many contenders for the accolade was Vincent Kompany, as the City captain put in a typically inspirational performance.
Sky Sports's Jamie Carragher, a pundit notoriously difficult to appease from a defensive perspective, was waxing lyrical about the Belgian's showing in his post game analysis:
"As a centre-back myself, watching that performance I was just in awe.
When analysing a match between two apparently well-matched teams that has ended up with an emphatic win for one of the teams, it is tempting to simply conclude that one team performed at its best, while the other played way below theirs.
In the case of Manchester City's 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium over Manchester United on Sunday, this particular view has merit.
David Silva, Martin Demichelis and Gael Clichy all remain absent from the Manchester City first team while Micah Richards is expected to make his return to action against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.
Samir Nasri, Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Aleksander Kolarov are expected to retain their places while James Milner, Joleon Lescott, Javi Garcia, Stevan Jovetin and Edin Dzeko are expected to join Richards in his return to the first team.
As a Manchester City fan, this past week was about as good as it gets. The Citizens finally won in the Champions League after two years of dreadful performances. On Sunday, City absolutely dominated United, winning 4-1 and playing spectacularly. There were a couple key players and impressive performances, but it must be stated everyone did their job.
After two painful Champions League campaigns in recent seasons, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has moved to remove the pressure on his City teammates in this year's competition. Manuel Pellegrini has replaced manager Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium in a bid to improve City's European performances, and has already got the club off to a stunning start, winning 3-0 on Tuesday night against Czech side Plzen.
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is excited at the prospect of playing cross-town rivals Manchester United over the weekend, building up the match ahead of the kickoff on Sunday afternoon.City are slowly climbing their way out of an early season injury crisis and were boosted by the return of Kompany on Tuesday when the defender made his first full-game appearance since the club's 4-0 win over Newcastle in the season opener.
Manchester City's Jack Rodwell and Vincent Kompany have issued high praise for City's traveling support following last night's 3-0 win over Czech Republic championsViktoria Plzeň. Rodwell was an unused substitute once again for the Citizens, while club captain Vincent Kompany made his long-awaited return from injury, but both players were quick to tweet their praise for the traveling supporters.
Plzen v Manchester City preview: Skipper Kompany could return from groin injury - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City will start their European campaign tonight away to Prague, to face Viktoria Plzen hoping to progress beyond the group stages this time around.
In the previous two seasons, City have failed to make it past the group stages and Manuel Pellegrini would be looking to change that fortune, with the Chilean having previously enjoyed success with Villarreal and Malaga.
Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov says the squad are looking forward to welcoming captain Vincent Kompany back into the team. The Belgium international has been out of action since limping off during the club's Premier League opener against Newcastle. But he is expected to be fit to start tonight's Champions League opener against Czech side [.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that the Citizens will be missing five players due to injury tomorrow. The Premier League runners-up are set to take on Stoke City at the Britannia tomorrow afternoon, but will be without the services of defenders Micah Richards, Gael Clichy, Martin Demichelis, and Vincent Kompany in addition to midfielder David Silva.
PRESS CONFERENCE: Manuel Pellegrini has arrived for his pre-match press conference at Carrington. #stokevcity pic.twitter.com/bLgp6z6ydW Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 13, 2013 Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Micah Richards, David Silva, Gael Clichy and Vincent Kompany will all miss Manchester City's game against Stoke.
According toESPN,Manchester City center-back and captain Vincent Kompany could miss the derby against Manchester United on September 22nd as his groin injury will continue to keep him sidelined. Kompany picked up the injury during Manchester City's 4-0 season opening victory over Newcastle United, a match that saw them briefly go top of the table before crashing down to earth with Kompany's injury and their subsequent 3-2 loss to Premier League newcomers Cardiff City.
Manchester City's defensive woes continued this week.
After picking up a groin injury on the opening weekend of the Premer League against Newcastle United, City captain and centre half Vincent Kompany was originally scheduled to be out of first team action for four weeks or more. However, the latest reports are that Kompany may be out until October.
Team was great. I felt great. Injury is a blow after all the hard work. I'll be back to that level in no time. Thanks for all the support!. Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) August 19, 2013 Vincent Kompany is a serious doubt for the Manchester derby because he is taking longer than expected to recover [.
Manchester City are once again in a defensive injury crisis after reasonably priced panic buy Martin Demichelis was ruled out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury. The Argentina international was signed from Atletico Madrid for £3.5m on Sunday despite the fact he had only joined them on a free transfer from Malaga [.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has congratulated Marouane Fellaini following the midfielder's deadline day move to Manchester United. Kompany and Fellaini know each other well from their time together with the Belgian national team, and the defender stressed that he's always happy to see his fellow countrymen enjoy success.
Manchester City's loss to Cardiff City was surprising to say the least. City had recently come off a thrashing of Newcastle United and Cardiff City could have suffered a similar score line. City let up three goals to newly promoted Welsh side and lost 3-2. Other than individual errors that led to the goals, there was one big problem all game at the backline.
Former Manchester United and Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves has praised City's injured captain, Vincent Kompany. The Belgian has proven himself as one of the best center-backs in the Premier League in recent seasons, guiding the Citizens to their first league title in over 50 years two seasons ago.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has released an Instragram video to name and shame Micah Richards for stealing his shower gel. With cutting irony, the Belgian centre-back produced a video in response to Richards refuting the allegations that he had nicked the bottle of Radox. He wrote: "@MicahRichards denies stealing my shower gel.
The second week of EPL action offered some big matchups and some surprising results as a few of the world's best watched from the sidelines.
Fans saw what could prove to be one of the biggest upsets of the year on Sunday as Manchester City fell 3-2 to newly promoted Cardiff City. The Sky Blues looked overwhelmed at the back as their captain, Vincent Kompany, watched from the bench with a groin injury.
The Soccerlens Best XI: 2013′s Best Footballers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Best XI's are tricky: No one is ever completely happy, and there are so many worthy candidates, it's a shame you can't pick an entire 23 man squad. But it's a fun exercise that lets you know exactly where the cream of the soccer world sit after the year is finished.
An integral part of every formation as you will start at least two, the centre-back position is one of the most important in FIFA 14. If goalscoring isn't your forte or you don't have a world-class striker, preventing the opposition from scoring is the best way to get results.
Unfortunately, many of the top centre-backs in FIFA 14 are tied to major European clubs and are therefore quite difficult to purchase unless you can fork out the massive transfer fees the clubs will be requesting.
The Belgium media are revelling in their golden generation qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. To celebrate they've been looking pack at what the current crop of stars were up to when the national team last qualified for a World Cup in 2002. An excellent excuse to roll out some photos of Premier League stars [.