No worries for Kompany

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has dismissed concerns about his form ahead of his side's crucial Champions League encounter at Ajax.

The Belgium international was one of the standout players as City powered to the English Premier League title last season but has not been at his best this term.

The 26-year-old was subject to further scrutiny at the weekend after a mistake exposed his side against West Brom and led to the sending-off of last man James Milner for fouling Shane Long.

City needs its skipper back on top form as it heads into back-to-back games against Ajax in Champions League Group D.

After collecting just one point from its opening two games, City knows a result is vital at the Amsterdam ArenA this week and Kompany is taking strength from the team's collective spirit.

Kompany said of his recent error: "I can only say I have a long career ahead of me, anyone who says it won't happen again would be lying.

"But I feel great. Maybe we are focusing on the wrong topic.

"When it comes to character and spirit and strength to overturn situations - you can only achieve that collectively. There is no such thing as a one-man team."

City was beaten in its opening Champions League game at Real Madrid and was perhaps fortunate to claim a draw against Borussia Dortmund last time out.

Kompany said: "It's a very tough group, we always knew that. There are no easy games and this is no different.

"It's very tight, but it makes it more exciting.

"We are a very disciplined team and we have always shown capacity to react.

"Tomorrow is a different game, a different set-up and important for us to win the game."