MARTIN TYLER defined THAT legendary “Agueeerrrooo,” moment – and claimed: “I swear you will never see anything like this ever again. So watch it, drink it in.”
Since that glorious day in May, 2012, when Manchester City ended their 44-year wait to snatch the title so dramatically, Vincent Kompany has never doubted Tyler’s belief that nothing could ever top that experience.
Now, he’s not quite so sure!
The Manchester City captain barely dares to consider he could ever match, let alone surpass that moment of spontaneous joy and jubilation when Aguero’s stoppage time winner hit the back of the QPR net six seasons ago.
But in his wildest dreams he never suspected City could smash virtually every Premier League record in sight and seal the greatest title win of all time – in their own back yard – against their greatest rivals Manchester United.
Now Monday night’s utterly convincing 2-0 win against Stoke, has left the City skipper 180 minutes away from being blessed with TWO once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
Kompany was asked if beating Manchester United on home soil, to clinch the Premier League title in the first week of April - with a record six games left to play - could compete with his first title.
After a moment’s hesitation, he confessed: “I don’t know. Right now, nothing feels like it can top the Aguero moment.
“Hopefully we’ll have that conversation after the game and then I’ll be able to tell you.”
The fact the City captain even has to consider the possibility speaks volumes about the size of his side’s achievements under Pep Guardiola this season.
This campaign is already the stuff of legend as City have steamrollered their way to the brink of the title.
They need five victories from their final eight games to beat Chelsea’s record 30 Premier wins, set last season.
Statistically they will become the best team in Premier League history if they collect 15 more points from the remaining 24 on offer, to beat Chelsea’s record haul of 95 points in 2004/05.
They need 19 goals to overtake the 103 goal record Carlo Ancelotti’s double-winning Chelsea bagged in 2009/10.
Currently 16 points clear of Manchester United, they are capable of topping United’s own record title-winning margin of 18 points over runners-up Arsenal in 1999/2000 – especially if they win the Manchester derby.
Kompany said firmly: “Let’s put everything straight first, we just want to win the title.
“Everything else is a bonus, a cherry on the cake but it doesn’t stand or fall by this one game.
“It’s unfortunate – well, not unfortunate… it’s just one thing that we know that a lot of the fans will want to clinch it at home to United. Whether we can deliver it is a completely different discussion.
“I’m very specific in saying it’s not going to be handed to us. If anything that’ll be a harder achievement than anything else this season, winning these next two games.
“I cannot think of teams as big and with as much quality as first of all Everton and then United, just letting us have a perfect moment.
“Usually you want to spoil it with everything you’ve got. I know that’s what I’d be feeling if I was on the other side.”
However City have flown to Abu Dhabi to recharge their batteries – ready for one almighty surge into the record books and football folklore.
Kompany added: “We’ll use this time until our next game at Everton to get ready mentally to keep the levels up, like we’ve done every single game so far.
“The manager has said we have stuff to work on but having the sun on us feels like a holiday – even though it’s not, but you get what I mean. A little bit of sun and some time away will do wonders for us.
“It gives the lads the chance to clear everything mentally and physically and come back to be prepared to go for the last push.”
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