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Thu Apr 24 01:45:19 SAST 2014

Kompany ready for Real test

TEAMtalk Media | 04 September, 2012 14:020 Comments
Manchester City v Southampton - Premier League
Vincent Kompany of Manchester City beats Guly Do Prado of Southampton to the ball during the Premier League match at Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2012 in Manchester, England
Image by: Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany can't wait to get stuck into his side's Champions League opponents when the group stage of the famous competition kicks off later this month.

The Citizens have been paired with Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, with their first match against the Spanish champions scheduled for Tuesday, 18 September at the Bernabeu.

Last season, Roberto Mancini's men failed to make it out of a group including Bayern Munich, Napoli and Villarreal.

But Kompany is relishing the opportunity to put that right this season.

He said: "That is why you are in the Champions League. I thought it couldn't get much more difficult than last season but here you go. It is a great challenge.

"I do think we are the kind of team that gets better as the challenges are greater. That is perfect for us. There won't be any moments where we will be surprised.

"The motivation will always be sky-high. The atmosphere will be great in each of the six games we have in the group. I couldn't think of a better way to play the Champions League."

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