'I thought it was great defending' - Kompany refutes penalty claims

The Belgium defender tussled with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres inside the penalty area as Rafa Benitez’s men looked to mount a comeback in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has refuted claims that he fouled Fernando Torres late on in the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

The Belgium defender appeared to tug the shirt of the Blues striker inside the penalty area as Rafa Benitez's side mounted a comeback during the closing minutes of the Wembley encounter, with Torres insinuating that the referee Chris Foy needed glasses.

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"I thought it was great defending," he told ITV Sport. "I put my body in the way, I did everything I could. He pulled, I put my body in the way - this is football. It was a well fought game and not easy for both teams."

The victory sees City's bid to regain the trophy they last won in 2011 continue, and Kompany says focus at the Etihad Stadium will now switch to the showpiece final on May 11.

"We never doubted the fact that we wanted to win trophies," the City skipper added. "This was an important game, and the most important game is going to be in the final against Wigan, and that is what we are looking forward to now.

"It's brilliant, another great day for the club. When you look at this you can only hope we can have the same scenes when we play against Wigan in the final."

Roberto Mancini's side took a first-half lead through Samir Nasri, before Segio Aguero doubled the advantage early in the second period.

Demba Ba pulled a goal back for Chelsea midway through the second-half, and Kompany admitted that strike brought renewed focus to the side.

He said: "I think for a while it was too comfortable, and it was a wake up call.

"But the pitch is huge, and a lot of times it's you against your man, and you never know what can happen, but in the end I thought we defended really well, and when it mattered we were there. We did a great job."