Vincent Kompany discusses Burnley’s Premier League objective ahead of Manchester City opener
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As a newly-promoted side, finishing in 17th place and sealing survival would often be seen as a success, but Kompany doesn’t want to set expectations that low.
“I can’t say 17th is the target, I’m absolutely incapable of pronouncing these words but if that’s the case, there will probably be celebrations at the club,” he told the That’s Football podcast.
“But my focus is on asking the players and making sure the players don’t put a ceiling on anything they achieve.
“At the start of the season, we have different bank accounts with the clubs at the top but in reality, we start with the same amount of points, so get better, that’s what I tell my team and we’ll see where I finish.”
After taking the Championship by storm last term, Kompany begins his first season as a manager in the top flight against his former side where he enjoyed unrivalled success over an 11-year period.
The man he will face in the opposition dugout, Pep Guardiola, is also one of the main individuals that inspired his transition into management.
Opening up on that switch, Kompany added: “I can’t specifically remember one moment, but I knew I was going to get into some sort of coaching when I was 26 or 27.
“I definitely knew I would stay in football because I knew I couldn’t become a good baker at 35, because there are guys who have done it for 15 years and are 15 years ahead of me at my age.
“I’ve been in football since I was six, so I knew I was going to stay in it. But at 26 or 27 it got accelerated with Pep coming in and me having a feeling about he explains it, I understand it and I can do my own thing with this and I went for it.”