There are ‘cultural architects’ in the most successful dressing rooms. Vincent Kompany was that for Manchester City or, rather, he was the ‘cultural warrior’ given his formidable status at the heart of a club that has changed so extraordinarily since he arrived for just £6million on Aug 22 2008 – days before the Abu Dhabi takeover.
In an interview with Telegraph Sport Kompany four years ago he told me that when he signed there was, for example, just one boxing glove in the ramshackle gym. “If you were doing a boxing session you had to go ‘right, right, right’ then change and do it ‘left, left, left’,” he said, laughing.
That boxing story has served Kompany well. Ever since he has felt that City...
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