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Guardiola happy Kompany ignored his instructions

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Kompany stunner moves Manchester City one win away from title
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Guardiola happy Kompany ignored his instructions

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 6, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "I said 'no shoot Vinny (Kompany), no shoot, no shoot'.

He was smart, don't follow my thoughts, so incredible goal, incredible.

Their desire to win everybody and we did it." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "It was outstanding the way we played the second half especially in the character and the personality and everything.

Knowing how difficult it is to handle the emotions, knowing if you don't win that you can't be champions.

"At the end now Liverpool play without pressure because they know it's not in their hands, so it's easy to play in these kind of games.

We have the pressure because we can lose because it's in our hands, but we deserve to be in that position and we will try it, one week left, one more game and we will try." 4.

WHITE FLASH 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "Of course we were so happy because today because no win it would have been almost impossible to win the title.

We knew against which team we played because we saw the last games, the last three or four games, it's an incredible team, next season it will be up there, I'm pretty sure of that Leicester." STORY: Just as nerves and an enterprising Leicester City threatened to wreck Manchester City's title hopes, their long-serving captain Vincent Kompany stepped up and fired home in the most emphatic fashion on Monday (May 6).

The 33-year-old Belgian defender picked up the ball just over the half-way line with the Leicester defence camped deep, and he unleashed a stunning drive that flew into the top corner of Kasper Schmeichel's goal.

It was the first time that Kompany has scored a goal for City from outside the box and there could not have been a better moment for such unlikely inspiration, even City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that he was telling his captain not to shoot..

The 1-0 win over Brendan Rodgers' side now means City can secure the Premier League title with a victory at Brighton on Sunday.

City are on top of the table with a one point advantage over Liverpool, who host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and know that their only chance of winning the title is if City stumble on the south coast.

It had been a nervy and frustrating night for the home crowd until Kompany's 25-metre drive sent the Etihad Stadium wild in a mixture of relief and joy after their longest wait this Premier League season for an opening goal at home.

City, who have now won 13 straight league games, have 95 points to Liverpool's 94 and also have a plus four goal difference over Juergen Klopp's side.

Unless Brighton can produce the upset that has so far failed to materialise in the run-in of this epic duel, Liverpool, beaten just once this league campaign, will have to settle for the runners-up spot.

(Production: Andy Ragg)

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