“Don’t shoot, Vinny”

Vincent Kompany’s stunning strike puts Manchester City back in pole position for the Premier League title ahead of Sunday’s crucial final day.

The Belgian centre-back found the net from 25 yards and produced a thunderbolt into the top-right hand corner, sending the Etihad Stadium delirious.

The goal was enough to beat a resilient Leicester side who played stubbornly and doggedly throughout the contest, and were holding their own until that point.

In the post-match interview, City’s manager Pep Guardiola said he ‘hoped Vincent would pass’ and that he said ‘no shoot, Vinnie’. Striker Sergio Aguero also said ‘don’t shoot, Vinny’.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were also players that came out on social media afterwards as advising Kompany not to shoot. The Belgian just joked ‘I score goals like this in training all the time’

Kompany has been an unwavering figure since joining in August 2008, making 358 appearances to date. His goal against Leicester was his 20th and possibly most important for the club.

The club captain and fan favourite is widely thought to be retiring at the end of the season when his contract expires. The 33 year-old has been struggling with injuries over the past three years.

“We are going to take a beer together and decide what is best, especially for the club. He is an incredible human being and he helps me a lot. I always said I could not use him a lot, but this club is what it is because of people like Vincent. When he is fit, he is an incredible centre-back. He is a real defender, he is a leader many times.”

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City Manager.

Vincent Kompany has lifted the premier league trophy on three previous occasions (2012, 2014 & 2018) and will do so once more if Manchester City can claim victory at Brighton on Sunday.

They lead Liverpool by a single point and know they will retain their title if they match the result of the Reds, who host Wolves on the final day, and become the first team to do so since Manchester United in 2009.

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