Don’t let the “big four” fool you, says complimentary Kompany

Kind words from Kompany
Those were the words of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany as he reflected upon a hard fought away victory over Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Belgium International Tweeted the following:

Don’t let the “big four” fool you, Newcastle are comfortably amongst the best in the league. No leaving St. James’ without bruises. #Fact.

Coming from a player like Kompany, this is quite the endorsement for our lads. City’s influential captain has been a standout performer in the Premier League this season, picking up weekly praise from pundits and making the PFA team of the year. His centre half partner in the all star team – as voted for by fellow top flight professionals – was our own captain, Fabricio Coloccini.

That in itself says a lot. The big four and the top four seem to be two entirely different things nowadays, at least in the minds of the players and fans. Whether or not this mindset will spread to the papers and pundits is yet to be seen – we’ll see how seriously we’re taken as top four contenders in the media at the start of next season.

Mind you, certain ‘experts’ have – somewhat begrudgingly perhaps – changed their tune recently (cough Hanson cough Lawrenson) after insisting for weeks on end that the Toon’s bubble would burst. That said, we can’t really give them too much grief for that, seeing as many of us were of the same opinion. Yet here we are, with one game to go and a shout of finishing 3rd.

The bookies now have us at around 5/1 for a top four finish. If I didn’t already have us on at 16/1, I’d fancy a cheeky tenner on that. My eyes will be glued to three games next Sunday – Newcastle away at Everton (obviously), Spurs hosting London rivals Fulham, and fellow cockneys Arsenal away at West Brom.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal are all favourites going into those games – is it so inconceivable that one will end in an upset? Hopefully it won’t be ours.

Newcastle United have rocked the very foundations of the Premier League this season, and we’re not finished just yet!

About ArchieMag

26 years young. Bachelors Degree in Politics and Media Studies. Aspiring author and journo. Lived in Newcastle all my life and will live here for the rest of it. HWTL.

28 thoughts on “Don’t let the “big four” fool you, says complimentary Kompany

  1. Everton always give us a hard game the added incentive for them is to finish above their Merseyside rivals Liverpool,plus if Liverpool beat Chelsea on Tuesday we will finish fifth in the league as i cant see Spurs or the Gunners getting beat.The real crushing blow to our Champions League chances has to be the defeat by Wigan an enigma of a team,I do hope they stay up as i do have a soft spot for them


  2. Toonsy -Great words to hear from Kompany and good endorsement of our hard fought season ,we been getting lots of praise from Gary Neville too .Pity the pundits can’t be so gracious towards us ,it’s taken them pretty much all season to really acknowledge us .It will indeed be interesting to see how they rate us at the start of next season. Kind of hope they write us off again as that will give us an incentive to prove everyone wrong again . 😉 HWTL.


  3. Great praise. Agreeing with OWLDMAN though, Pool-Chelski is of utmost importance so that we don´t fall to sixth. Everton away is a hard fought battle but ofc if we get 3 from that, then we´re at least fifth. Who would´ve thought that when selling Carroll, Nolan and releasing Barton? Great stuff


  4. I tell you what.

    I don’t know what Man City paid for Kompany, but I don’t think it was enough. He has got the be the most complete defender I have seen in the Premier League for many years.

    Colo is outstanding, but Kompany is the best in the league.


  5. Interesting words from Kompany, but is it more praise for us or more of a dig at the other *top* teams? Lets face it, city were the only one of them to do the double over us, and against Manure we showed our class and against Chelski we should what should have happened last year anyway if we’d had a decent ref…..

    I actually want us to get written off from any sort of challenge again…just like for next weeks fixtures.

    Stay under the radar and away from the pressure of expectation!


  6. Oh how much would we like to have Kompany in our side? One of several Citeh players I thought looked immense, made our creditable effort against them look a bit lame. Sorry all, but I really am rooting for Citeh to take the title now. I think if we hadn’t spent all our effort against Chelski just a few days earlier we may have given them a better go but it was always a tall order.

    I think Sky & co should do a video tribute to us to make up for things. 🙂


  7. Tsunki

    May as well be 😉

    But I think if we finish fifth, I’d quite enjoy us in the Europa Cup at that stage.

    Give us a decent pre-season and some European football our squad could compete with.

    Not ruling out Champions League. Its unlikely. As Spurs can draw and we win. And Chelsea lose the Champions League final. Don’t see Arsenal losing though.


  8. I hate being fooled by the top four.. those bastards… thanks for the words of warning Vinny 🙂


  9. “The real crushing blow to our Champions League chances has to be the defeat by Wigan”.

    I’m more gutted that we conceded a last second goal at Arsenal. If we’d held on we’d now be level with Spurs and a point above Arsenal. That and losing a two goal lead against Wolves are the results that irk me. Wigan were just better than us on the day.


  10. I don’t buy into this missed points malarkey. Isn’t it the same for every team? I bet Man U fans are looking at Ba’s penalty at OT and feeling robbed (oh well lol) or that they are thinking of the 4-4 with Everton recently


  11. I know all teams drop points and look at where they’ve possibly missed out but no matter how thrilled I am with how the season has gone I can’t help thinking “what if?”.


  12. Some solid sides in their not like some of the shite the press like to make out, A theory that bit them on the arse as their beloved manky teams lost to also rans from the spanish and portugese leagues.

    Like the fact liverpool are scraping though the early qualifiers, I hope Juan sheet enjoys his big european nights in belarus and lithuania that he was so desperate to leave for… 🙄


  13. Same for me SeanP. Having a throw in deep in Arsenal’s half with 30 secs left. Irk isn’t the word I had in mind! Don’t know what happened in the first half against Wigan but I’ll bet Moses has never scored a header before. Wierd. Toonsy’s right though – 38 games it is.


  14. I can’t forget the Arsenal game either, probably because I was sitting behind our goal surrounded by Arse fans when that last one went in….. heartbreak!!

    Kompany…. classy player, and seeming like a pretty classy guy too with that comment…. see how he even worked St James’ into it… ha!


  15. @Susan, didn’t notice that before, what a legend!
    Was incredibly impressed with City, Yaya and Kompany especially, they look a complete team atm. Even if they did buy it…

    @Toonsy, just looked at that link. So now it makes no difference whether we finish 5th or 6th to when we enter the qualifying rounds?

    FA Cup winners = Group stage
    5th place = Playoff stage
    League Cup = 3rd qualifying stage

    So as Chelsea have already won the FA Cup, we’ll go into the Playoff stage regardless of finishing 5th or 6th.

    No excuses not to go for broke once again vs Everton!
    Think that means i want Chelsea to win later, as it will guarantee Everton finsih above the scousers and perhaps lead to them easing off the pedal in our game..? Doubt it though.


  16. There’s no reason at all why Fulham can’t get a draw at Spurs, or Arsenal lose at Baggies the form they are on. We have to have the same level of performance at Goodison and hope for a win.


  17. Kim – no probs, and thanks. I must admit I was a little gutted on Sunday, but really looking forward to europe now, which ever comp we end up in. Summer is going to be agony though, players being linked with moves away even now, need to try my best to distance myself from it 🙁


  18. Toonsy…agree, what if’s don’t matter over the season or we’d be saying what if qpr got what they deserved against us away, Manure’s penalty etc etc.
    The whole season you generally finish where you deserve, hence why the mackems can barely be seen on the horizon if you glance backwards 😆

    If Kompany was one of our players saying that, there’s a few on here would complain that he’s angling for a transfer……mmmm maybe he is! 😆


  19. DJG…spot on, it’s not in our hands but owt can happen, we just have to make sure we try our best to get the result we need. KTF :mrgreen:


  20. One swallow does not make a summer.

    Very kind words from Kompany, but let’s be right here people, if we don’t produce another top 6-7 finish next season then we will be seen as a one season wonder. We’ve had a fantastic season, but the difference between a good team and a top team is consistency.
    It starts all over again next season. Achieve next season and then I think we can be a top team.


  21. I’m hopeful that we can replicate or better form next season. I see us in the same position as Everton normally find themselves in but with better resources and therefore with the power to kick on.


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