Burnley boss Vincent Kompany discusses adversity, resilience & harsh lessons following worrying start to the season

Vincent Kompany insists he won’t “hide away” from the tough position Burnley find themselves in.
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‘Not good enough’: Vincent Kompany’s emphatic response to Burnley’s miserable de...

It leaves Kompany’s men languishing in the bottom three on just four points.

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When asked if his side has the resilience to respond, Kompany said: “Personally I have a very strong feeling about these types of moments. They define you as a human being. Not just in football, but life in general.

“You’re at your highest high and you get success and you get everything going for you, can you still be humble? Can you still work hard? Can you still be together?

“When you’re having a tough time, and I’m not saying we’re at the lowest low but it’s a tough game, it’s a tough day for us, can we still be resilient? Can we still be together? Can you do what is right for the team and face the truth, which is something that is really important to me.

“It’s nothing I would ever hide away from because during my entire career and my life these have been the most valuable moments.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Burnley FC at Gtech Community Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Burnley FC at Gtech Community Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Burnley FC at Gtech Community Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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“We’ve gone through it last season, so this team doesn’t have – since I’ve been there at least – a journey that starts with the Premier League.

“We were in the Championship going through so many moments, so it’s proven already, the resilience in this team but it’s a different level and we’ve got to level up.”

Kompany had previously claimed his side were heading in the right direction despite their tough start to the campaign.

When asked if the Brentford defeat was a step back or merely a blip, Kompany said: “I guess we’ll find out.

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“It’s a little bit difficult to put it in that type of context right now but it’s part of the things you have to face. When it happens, you have to learn from it and get more from it more than just ‘we lost here and we’re disappointed’. No, you have to get more out of these things.

“We’ve always been a group that reacts to these types of moments and we have to do it again. There’s absolutely no other way.”