Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Weary Blues Are Run into the Ground ; Kompany Says Punishing Training Regime to Blame as City Are Put to the Sword by a Refreshed Arsenal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Weary Blues Are Run into the Ground ; Kompany Says Punishing Training Regime to Blame as City Are Put to the Sword by a Refreshed Arsenal

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ARSENAL 3 CITY 1 CITY skipper Vincent Kompany put his side's lack- lustre display in a Helsinki friendly defeat by the Gunners down to their punishing training regime.

Arsenal were slicker and sharper than City in just about every department, but Kompany says that was down to the differing approaches to training in the week leading up to the game.

City have been following a regime described as 'brutal' by Jack Rodwell and which has had even seasoned campaigners daunted. Pellegrini has been a demanding taskmaster, both in terms of physical and tactical preparation.

The Gunners have had a lighter programme and City skipper Kompany claimed that had made the difference, saying: "The result is not that important.

"Considering the amount of work we have done in preseason, it was actually a good game. If people knew the work we had behind us, they would understand we had to dig deep.

"We conceded three goals but it was not a bad game.

"If it wasn't good enough, I would say it, but this week we did an incredible amount of work, and this game was just to top up the physical work we have done.

We got what we needed out of it.

"We were trying, but really tired. I know both teams had different kind of work in the lead-up to the game. From the information I have got, their build-up was completely different, so we are happy with what we have got out of the game."

City looked a lot like they did at the poorer parts of last season - a shade too slow in thought and action, and bereft of ideas at crucial moments, but Kompany's words explain that.

Pre-season friendlies are notoriously poor barometers of a team's true standing - if they were, a few people would be dashing out to put a few bob on the Gunners winning the title and for Olivier Giroud to finish as top goalscorer. They won't and he hasn't a hope.

There were plenty of plus points for the Blues, playing in front of a 39,000 sell-out crowd in Helsinki.

In the first-half, Yaya Toure's precise and incisive passing created several promising situations. But with David Silva still a fortnight behind everyone else in terms of preparation, and new boy Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko still unsure of how to fit in with each other, too often the promise fizzled out. …

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