Vincent Kompany jokes his children have a ‘tough decision’ to make after his Burnley side were drawn against his beloved Man City in the FA Cup quarter-finals… as he insists his old boss Pep Guardiola will do him no favours
- Burnley saw off the threat of Fleetwood Town to move into the FA Cup quarters
- Manager Vincent Kompany admits his kids are torn after drawing Man City
- He insists his beloved former side are a ‘machine’ who will do him no favours
Vincent Kompany admits his three children might have split loyalties with Burnley handed a dream FA Cup quarter-final tie at former club Manchester City.
Kompany booked a return to The Etihad when his runaway Championship leaders saw off 10-man Fleetwood with a 90th-minute winner from Connor Roberts.
Attention then immediately switched to the draw which paired Kompany with a club where he holds legendary status and has a statue in his honour outside the stadium.
‘My ties with City are extremely strong and will remain so,’ he said. ‘I’ve gone a few times to watch them with the kids. It is not a bad thing to do in Manchester on a Sunday! The kids will now have a tough decision who to support.’
Kompany spent a decade with City and captained them to four Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany admits his kids will be torn after his side were drawn with his beloved former team Man City in the FA Cup
Kompany spent a decade with City and captained them to four Premier League titles and two FA Cups
However, the 36-year-old Belgian doesn’t expect any favours from his former club beyond a warm welcome.
‘I know behind the hugs and high fives, Manchester City is a machine that wants to win,’ he stressed.
‘It is a place that is so important in my life, I still kick every ball when I watch them. But I represent Burnley now and knew one day I’d go back there in the dug-out.’
Burnley had 31 shots on goal against League One Fleetwood but left it late to reach the last eight for the first time since 2003 – Welshman Roberts getting a flick to Vitinho’s shot on St David’s Day.
The underdogs were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time when Cian Hayes was dismissed for a high boot on Josh Cullen but goalkeeper Jay Lynch made a string of saves and Harrison Holgate cleared off the line from Charlie Taylor.
Fleetwood boss Scott Brown said: ‘I couldn’t be prouder of the players. Cian was over-keen in the challenge. He was devastated and apologised in the dressing-room.’
Kompany insists he will get a warm welcome from Pep Guardiola’s side – but that they will do him no favours