Man City ace Vincent Kompany reveals why pressure is on Raheem Sterling in Liverpool scrap

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England striker and Footballer of the Year favourite Sterling’s two goals at Crystal Palace on Sunday eased Manchester City to the 3-1 win they needed to keep pace with Liverpool in the race for the title.

City, after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, are now two points behind their rivals, but with a game in hand with five matches to go.

First up though in the chase for the Quadruple is a Champions League quarter-final with Tottenham on Wednesday, with a 1-0 deficit to overcome, and Kompany knows that Sterling’s thoughts will already be on that game.

Sterling has now scored 17 league goals this season, and City skipper Kompany said: “Raheem is there at the right time.

“These are the moments we are expecting him to be bringing the team over the line. That’s what he needs to do, that’s what we need him to do. He’s progressed so well in the four years he has been here at City.

“He helps us to win games so obviously it’s a great achievement to have that many goals in a [Premier League] season. Hopefully he can do well in the last five games.

“He’s a great professional. I don’t think he will have been focusing too much on Sunday’s game. He will be already focusing on Tottenham on Wednesday.”

Kompany, who is confident of signing a new contract that will keep him at the club next season, added: “I try to pass my experience on to the other lads. The last title is not the one we should refer to.

“It’s the other two (in 2012 and 2014), where we had to win every game and we had five games to play, six to play.

“It was the same type of battle, between two teams. In those times you can trust to your team to be better, because everybody prepares well, goes to bed at the right time, people eat right.

“There’s pressure all the time. If we don’t win the title, people are going to say it’s a failure. All we can do is try and perform well.

“Even if we don’t make it, we’ll still have had a great season. But obviously we want to win.

“We probably need to win every game now. We can only control what we are doing, so one step at a time.”

City will follow up their double-header against Tottenham by taking on arch-rivals Manchester United next Wednesday.

They will then round off their Premier League campaign with fixtures against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton.

A pair of Champions League semi-final games could be slotted in amongst those, while the FA Cup final against Watford is on May 18.

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