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Hungry to win: Vincent

London: Champions Manchester City will avoid the hangover that hampered their previous Premier League title defence, captain Vincent Kompany said.

“I can tell you that mentally we are roaring for the new season,” said the 28-year-old Belgian, who is not guaranteed to start at Newcastle United because of a late return to training following the World Cup.

“All of us are ready,” he said. “We are hungry to win the title again. Physically, there is a question mark. We (the World Cup players) have not had a single minute in a friendly.

“Really, our fitness will be put to the test in the Newcastle game. If we get through this what a great message it will be to the rest of the league of our resilience to continue on what we built last year.

“Our goal is to win the Premier League again. We’ve worked really hard to get to this level, so we’re going to make sure we maintain that. We want to keep the badge on the side of our shirts for a bit longer.”

With Chelsea and Arsenal having strengthened, and with Louis van Gaal in charge at Manchester United, City will face fierce competition to retain the title and will be wary of a tough opening sequence of fixtures. (Reuters)