'The word quadruple is forbidden!' City skipper Kompany reveals Pellegrini doesn't allow any talk of possible four-trophy haul

By John Edwards

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Manuel Pellegrini has banned the ‘q’ word at the Etihad Stadium and ‘forbidden’ his Manchester City players discussing the possibility of an unprecedented clean sweep of honours at home and abroad.

City may have their work cut out overhauling a 2-0 first-leg deficit when they visit Barcelona in the Champions’ League, but they have already won the Capital One Cup and are handily placed in both the FA Cup and Barclays Premier League title race.

But the prospects for all four trophies ending up in their hands will not be heard within earshot of The Etihad, according to Vincent Kompany.

Silverware: Manchester City lifted the Capital One Cup after beating Sunderland in the final at Wembley

Silverware: Manchester City lifted the Capital One Cup after beating Sunderland in the final at Wembley

‘The word quadruple is forbidden in Manchester, especially in the dressing room,’ said the City skipper at Belgium’s training camp, ahead of their Wednesday night game against Ivory Coast.

‘I never use the word, and you won’t hear any of my team-mates using it, either. I have sensed from the beginning of this season that we could be on for something special, but I never mentioned the word quadruple or said we could win the lot this campaign.

‘I don’t have a problem with setting sights high or believing what could be possible for this team. I said that sooner or later City will win the Champions’ League, and I believe we will. It’s not necessarily going to happen this season, though. It’s the same with the other three trophies.

Leader: Vincent Kompany claims talk of the quadruple is forbidden at City

Leader: Vincent Kompany claims talk of the quadruple is forbidden at City

‘But, equally, I’m certainly not writing off our chances at the Nou Camp.

'Of course we believe we can do it. If we didn’t, there would be no point travelling to Barcelona. It’s a tough ask, but it can be done.

'We will go there full of belief. These are the moments that count.

 

'There is a difference between a great team and merely a big one, and we aim to show which category we belong in by putting in a massive performance.’

Kompany refuted his City team-mate Samir Nasri’s claim that Yaya Toure needed to be Brazilian, rather than Ivorian, to receive the worldwide acclaim he deserves.

‘Didier Drogba is from the Ivory Coast, and I don’t think anyone doubts his standing on the world stage,’ said the Belgium centre-back.

‘Drogba is rightly regarded as world-class, so I don’t really go along with what Samir says on that.

Talent: Kompany disagrees with Samir Nasri's opinion that Yaya Toure would get more acclaim if he was Brazilian
Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast plays against Mexico in 2013

World class: Kompany believes Yaya Toure (left) deserves as much acclaim as Didier Drogba (right)

First: City won their first trophy of the season with a Capital One Cup win against Sunderland

First: City won their first trophy of the season with a Capital One Cup win against Sunderland

Prize: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini doesn't want his team to think about a quadruple

Prize: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini doesn't want his team to think about a quadruple

‘Maybe Ivory Coast could be higher up the world rankings, but if Yaya goes to Brazil this summer and has a fantastic World Cup, which he is more than capable of, then perhaps people will see what he’s about.

‘He is an exceptional player, and I am indebted to him all the more after his outstanding performance in the Capital One Cup final last Sunday.

'It showed how he can create decisive moments and change the course of a game. Just what you would expect from a world-class player, in fact.

‘I would say Argentina, Brazil and Spain are favourites for the World Cup, and maybe Germany as well.

'I don’t think we can win it on talent, but if it is based on team-spirit and happiness, maybe we will be in with a chance. We are a very contented and together group, with an exceptional spirit.

'There are other countries with more talent, but I’m not sure they can match our fight and camaraderie. We will soon find out.’

Tough task: City must overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit in the Champions League to beat Barcelona

Tough task: City must overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit in the Champions League to beat Barcelona

 

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The comments seen in the DM by MU fans shouldn't really be replied to. Contrary to what many people think, they are not simply bitter and jealous rants by a few rather stupid fans,,,,far from it,,,,,7000 miles away from England, the comments made by real live specimens vary very little. These people must be hurting so badly that they simply cannot contain themselves. The alternative,of course,is that MU fans are unlike any others. They may look the same on the outside, but internally, something very important was missed during the initial glueing together. Am I alone in suspecting this?

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I'd be more worried about quelling talk of a a double. The CL is gone (to all except deluded CITEH fans) and the other two are no certainties by a long shot.

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City can't win everything having players like Dzeko, Demichelis and Garcia. Three top players for each of theses positions will give them strenght to face teams like Real Madrid or Barcelona.

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Not one person at the club has talked up this quadruple. The media invented the notion we would win it and tried to put words into mainly pellegrini's mouth. We won't win it but I'm sure we will have a go. Good to be involved in all the comps unlike wee daveys mid table wonders...now there's a story

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Win it? WIN IT? Don't you mean bought it?

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Probably because it's never gonna happen.

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hehe.

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SAF, I don't think you are qualified enough to get the position as village idiot.

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SAF) Up early again to read about my beloved BLUES. Seriously, can you imagine someone like that following your club,and the rags have got thousands of them. Made for each other. Followers of the blackmail club. MUGS.

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Quadruple is in the hand of Manchester City and it is within their destiny to win them all. They have already won the Capital One Cup and the other three are on the way. The title is theirs to lose.

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Just as well cos it ain't happening !

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I wonder if Stoke or Birmingham would have achieved the same outlook as similar sized club's. Thank the Lord the Arabs didn't pick far bigger club's like Leeds or Newcastle.

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Another bitter red.

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Unlikely, but this beautiful game of our's has a knack of making dreams become reality. If we score first in Barcelona then, you never know. If we do get past em then things will get very, very interesting! These are fantastic times to be a City supporter. My eyes have seen the glory. CTID

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Be real, concentrate on the Premier.......and be happy!!!!!

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I watched Barca get hammered from Real Sociedad a couple of weeks ago and defensively they are awful could have been 5 or 6 ... Now Aquero is back for City I think they definitely could go there and score a few goals and anything is possible (Just remember Chelsea were down 2-0 with 10 men at Nou Camp in 2012)

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