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Vincent Kompany opens up to his ‘MAD’ spell as Anderlecht player-coach

Vincent Kompany opens up to his ‘MAD’ spell as Anderlecht player-coach when he was ‘fighting 16-year-olds’ to build ‘courage’ and reveals his desire to rise to the top as boss

  • Vincent Kompany is cutting his managerial teeth in charge of Anderlecht
  • He spoke about the challenges of being a player-coach when he took office
  • The former Manchester City defender was battling young stars like Jeremy Doku
  • He wants to get as high as he can on the bench and take over the best teams.


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Vincent Kompany has spoken about his “crazy” time as an Anderlecht player-manager before taking the position of full-time coach.

After leaving Manchester City as a club legend, the Belgian was tasked with straightening the boat at his childhood club in 2019.

He found the juggling of responsibilities in a fight and, after a terrible start to the season, he concentrated on playing, until he retired at the end of the season to take the reins last year.

Vincent Kompany spoke about his 'crazy' spell as a player-coach at Anderlecht

Rio Ferdinand asked what are the former Manchester City's ambitions on the bench

Rio Ferdinand asked what are the former Manchester City's ambitions on the bench

Vincent Kompany (left) spoke with Rio Ferdinand (right) about his time in management

Kompany is shaping the young careers of stars of the future, like Jeremy Doku (right)

Kompany is shaping the young careers of stars of the future, like Jeremy Doku (right)

Kompany is shaping the young careers of stars of the future, like Jeremy Doku (right)

‘Being a player-coach is crazy,’ he told the Rio Ferdinand podcast. FIVE. ‘Definitely worth the experience once.

“What I did have was a fantastic relationship with the group. When you can still be among them on the pitch … I would never say it at City, but there (Anderlecht) I was the best, and I was also able to bring a bit of the culture that I want to bring. like competing for everything in training, fighting kids who are like 16 years old!

‘We did this little one-on-one exercise with little goals just to increase that competitiveness and stuff and I’m there, a 34-year-old international, fighting 16-year-olds. One of them was Doku (Jeremy), these kinds of guys.’

Doku has emerged as one of the most exciting young wingers in Europe and showed glimpses of what he is capable of for Belgium at Euro 2020.

It’s one of many promising academy products on the team, but Kompany took it upon himself to build a culture where talent is not enough without determination and hard work.

Anderlecht have struggled in recent years and Kompany is trying to revive fortunes

Anderlecht have struggled in recent years and Kompany is trying to revive fortunes

Anderlecht have struggled in recent years and Kompany is trying to revive fortunes

He added: ‘In the case of Anderlecht, all the kids who pass have a very, very good technical level, but that courage is what also helps you get through a career.

“Competing for everything does not mean that you have to feel excited about it, you have to compete for every moment. If the ball is out and it is your ball, you have to be sharp. In training, one of the great things he could do as a player-coach is that he was still fighting for every decision and not giving anything.

“ Whatever rules there are, I would try to be on the edge just so they understand what it takes to be a professional footballer. ”

Kompany has led Anderlecht to eighth place in the Belgian Pro League so far this season as the club continues to rebuild after its recent financial troubles.

And although he is happy at the club for now, the former center-back does not shy away from his great ambitions.

The 35-year-old has ambition to rise to the top of the game as a coach.

The 35-year-old has ambition to rise to the top of the game as a coach.

The 35-year-old has ambition to rise to the top of the game as a coach.

“With the normal pace of development and hard work, I’m going to try to get as high as I can,” he said. “Being a coach is also about making decisions and having the right opportunity at the right time.

I can say what I want to say about where I want to end, but we’ll see. Where I am now, I’m happy, I’m not going to launch myself higher than that. One thing is for sure, I will work hard.

“Whatever I lack in talent, and I think I have some talent, I will make up for it with an effort.”

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