'Best decision': Vincent Kompany reflects on Burnley's decision to return so early for pre-season
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Reflecting on the decision to return so early, Kompany said: “The pre-season for us was an extended one, but it was the best decision we made. It was so valuable.
“Even at our level, you get put to sleep a little bit by success. You win a lot of games, everything is nice, you’re the best team and you go to the next level.
“Even the games we played against Premier League sides last year gave us a feeling we’re on the right track, but the biggest thing is to recognise what is required to be able to compete.
“This pre-season gave us the time to be together, to assess the levels and work out what we wanted to become.
“It’s been a really valuable period of time. I’m really big on cohesion, but you can’t force that. I wish I could trim it from six months to two or three months, but that’s the nature of the game.”
Given it’s been such a busy summer of transfer activity at Turf Moor, Kompany accepts it will take a while for all of his new players to gel.
“I think the team is filled with little easter eggs that, in my opinion, over the course of the season will open up and deliver,” he added.
“If this season plays out in the right way, my prediction – and it’s an if, if this season plays out in a way we hope – I think we’re able to turn a corner once this season has finished for the next season when we can then look even further forward.”