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People like Vincent built this club into great success it has become, insists Pep

In awe: City’s Pep Guardiola
In awe: City’s Pep Guardiola

By Andy Hampson

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hailed match-winner and captain Vincent Kompany after his blistering effort sealed victory over Leicester City at the Etihad last night.

Guardiola said: "It was an extraordinary goal, definitely. We played incredibly, I expected Leicester to be more offensive than in their last games, but they defend so deep. It was a more than decent first half but an outstanding second knowing what we were playing for. I am sorry for many people, but still we are there.

"Kompany has been here more than 10 years and he has helped with an incredible generation of players like Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta, they created this club. Vincent stepped forward in the big moments, when he is fit he is an incredible player."

Guardiola, who admitted that he was hoping Kompany would pass rather than shoot, is now hoping his side can have one last push away to Brighton on Sunday as Premier League title rivals Liverpool entertain Wolves at Anfield in a final day shoot-out.

"One game left. It will be so tough, we are away and we saw Brighton had a good game at Arsenal. But it is in our hands, don't forget we could have been 10 points behind if we had lost to Liverpool here," added Guardiola. "We'll see if Brighton defend deep or be more offensive. Hopefully we have the performance to be champions."

Kompany hinted that last night could have been his last game in the blue shirt at the Etihad but Guardiola moved quickly to dismiss that suggestion.

"We spoke with him and his agent. At the end of the season we are going to talk to him. He is an incredible human being and helps me a lot. I was sad I could not use him a lot but this club is what it is because of people like Vincent. At the end of the season after the FA Cup we will see," said Guardiola.

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers commented: "I thought defensively and tactically, the team played a good game. They are difficult to contain with their quality and world-class players, but particularly in the first half we played with great courage. In the second, we didn't start how I would have liked, we went too long in our build up.

"It bodes well for the future, hopefully we can build on it.

"City and Liverpool are marvellous teams. And whoever gets it deserves to be champions."

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