MANCHESTER - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany told the club's supporters that this season's double success would just be the start as they paraded the Premier League and League Cup trophies in front of their jubilant fans. Fresh from their 2-0 win at home to West Ham on Sunday, which saw them secure the Premier League title on the final day of top-flight action in England, City celebrated Monday with an open top bus tour from outside Manchester town hall.
Thousands gathered in Albert Square where players and staff were introduced to the crowd while fans watched videos on a giant screen recalling City's triumphant season, which also saw them beat top-flight rivals Sunderland to win the League Cup final at Wembley in March. Before the City squad boarded the bus, skipper Kompany addressed the crowd and told them his team were far from satisfied with their silverware haul.
"This is a team that is growing and we have done it in style," Kompany said. "Everyone keeps saying, 'They have won the league and they have done it in style'. That is what I like about it. That is what I want us to do again in future, keep winning in style," added the Belgian defender, who scored City's second goal against the Hammers. Asked if more trophies were on the way to Eastlands, Kompany replied: "Has to be more, always more."
Meanwhile Samir Nasri, who settled City's nerves with the first goal against West Ham, paid tribute to the influence of manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean replaced the sacked Roberto Mancini, a much more abrasive figure, in the Eastlands hot seat before the start of this season and come the end of the campaign was celebrating his first domestic title as a manager in Europe.
Nasri, asked what were the key differences between this season and last term, when City were runners-up in both the league and the FA Cup, answered: "Do you want me to be honest? The atmosphere, the manager and the confidence. That is the difference between last year and this year." France midfielder Nasri said the team had responded to Pellegrini's backing. "He trusts the players. The philosophy we played all season is just about all the quality we have in this team, that is the big difference."
It was a memorable day for City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who hours earlier was named in England's World Cup squad. But while he always retained the support of England manager Roy Hodgson, Hart endured a loss of form at club level before the turn of the year that briefly saw him replaced by Costel Pantilimon. "It has been a good season, a tough season, but one I have enjoyed," Hart insisted. "It was difficult for me personally but the beauty of this team is that we have got people who can fill in at any time. Costel was absolutely fantastic when he played." City are now set for a short post-season tour of the United Arab Emirates, the homeland of their wealthy backer Sheikh Mansour.