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City have learned from past failures to defend league crown, maintains Kompany

By Simon Peach

Vincent Kompany is confident Manchester City can make a stronger defence of their latest Premier League title than their previous crowns.

City were unable to maintain the standards of their 2012 and 2014 title wins in the campaigns that followed, but Kompany claims the feeling is different this time.

The City captain said: "Before saying anything or doing anything, you want to observe and see if you see the same mistakes which we've made previously.

"I've got to be honest, there was a feeling when we won the league (previously), you came back in to the training sessions and everybody was a little bit less (intense), a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed.

"Teams that actually wanted it more could hurt us. I came in (to training) this time and it's completely different."

With manager Pep Guardiola making it clear he is hungry for more success, City have already made a positive impression ahead of the new campaign by winning the Community Shield after overpowering Chelsea 2-0 at Wembley on Sunday.

Highlighting the good signs, Kompany said: "Number one, we realise this is precious and we want to hold on to it.

"Number two, we went into the game with Chelsea - we lost two Community Shields before - and this was a strong Chelsea team. We played really well and that is a great sign."

Guardiola, meanwhile, appears to have ruled out any further signings at City for the coming season.

The champions have made just one major addition this summer in the club record £60m acquisition of Riyad Mahrez.

City had made the recruitment of a defensive midfielder a priority but, after losing out on Jorginho to Chelsea, they may not head back into the market before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

City manager Guardiola does have some other options in the position, which could include deploying central defender John Stones in a midfield role. The England international briefly played in a more advanced position during the Community Shield win over Chelsea.

Asked if Stones could play there again, Guardiola said: "I don't know, I didn't put it in a training session. It was 10-15 minutes.

"We have Fernandinho, (Ilkay) Gundogan. We don't have many. I think we are not going to make any more signings this season.

"John, for the quality and personality he has, he is a tall guy, I think he can play there but I don't know because we have never tried before. We will see."

City won the title with a record 100 points last season. Guardiola does not expect that tally to be beaten but is determined to keep driving City towards greater heights. He added: "People say, 'Can you improve on 100 points?' I say no. We are not here to do that. But individually the players can improve."

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