Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes his team are back on track after putting a three-match Premier League losing streak to an end by thrashing Aston Villa 4-0.
‘It’s been an awkward week, but if you actually look at the last four games we’ve won three of them. They were over different competitions.
‘For the whole team it’s now important to get to the level we showed here’
‘Actually in the last four games we’ve shown three times that we can achieve a very good level of play. That’s what we’ve got to maintain from now until the end of the season.’
City’s Champions League round-of-16 victory against Dinamo Kiev and the Capital One Cup Final penalty-shootout win over Liverpool vouch for their ability to do the necessary in knockout competitions.
However, the fates of Aston Villa’s wide-margin conquerors so far this season do little to suggest that thrashing them to the tune of four unanswered goals is any kind of omen for a Premier League resurgence.
The Citizens themselves strolled past the relegation-bound second city outfit in the FA Cup at the end of January, winning 4-0.
A scarcely deserved 1-0 win over Sunderland constituted the only points they gleaned from their next three Premier League games.
Back in November Everton had backed up a 6-2 thrashing of Sunderland by besting Villa 4-0 in their next home game.
The worth of Remi Garde’s men as a league-form barometer was flagged up as suspect as the Toffees won just one of their next ten top-flight outings.
Trusting a victory over the worst side in the division by an eight-point margin as proof that a title-bid priced up at 11/2 is resurgent could be misguided as a result.
Clashes with Manchester United, Chelsea, Stoke, Southampton and Arsenal inside their next eight outings will be an altogether sterner test of Kompany’s assertion.