Vincent Kompany believes another victory over Manchester United would be the perfect tonic after Man City’s dismal Champions League exit.
The Premier League champions were unceremoniously dumped out of the European competition without a win to their name as Borussia Dortmund beat them 1-0 in the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night.
And, with a ‘huge challenge’ against their neighbours and title rivals, who they beat twice last season, next up, Kompany wants an immediate response from his team-mates.
He told talkSPORT: “The best way for us to react is to perform on the pitch, and we’ve done it time and time again in the past so I’m sure we’ll do it again.
“It’s the kind of game where you expect yourself to perform well. You expect yourself to have a good game because you know that the challenge is huge.
“The passion that goes into that game is quite special so it’s probably a good game to pick yourself up but there is always a risk attached to a game like this.
“It’s probably very difficult to call a favourite in these kind of games whether you play at home or away.”
Kompany added: “He’s a great striker and I think, personally, I like nothing more than the challenge of playing against the best in the game and Van Persie definitely fits the bill.”