Manchester City won't curb 'risky' attacking instincts, says Kompany

The Belgian centre-back has praised Manuel Pellegrini's adventurous style of play, which has seen them net 63 league goals, but admits their gung-ho attitude leaves them exposed
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the side's attacking style is also their biggest weakness, but there are no plans to rein in their cavalier attitude.

Manuel Pellegrini's men lead the Premier League's scoring charts with 63 goals already this season, and 110 in all competitions, but have conceded more than Arsenal and Chelsea as the three-way race for the title heats up, with their performances at the back attracting criticism.

With so many players committed to attacking, Kompany admits a defence that was solid and resolute under former boss Roberto Mancini has become rather more vulnerable under the attack-minded Chilean.

“Our weakness is our strength, like any other squad that are so dominant and so attacking," Kompany told ESPNFC.

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“We play with two strikers and two wingers who are virtually strikers and one of our midfield players – which we only have two of – is also virtually a striker [Yaya Toure].

“Our full-backs are pushing up all the time, ultimately out of a team of 11 players we have six or seven who are always involved in the attack and it just means that there is a lot of ground to cover when you lose the ball. It's a risk but it's a style of playing that suits us at the moment.

“Complacency is our biggest enemy, it's very simple. We have six or seven players thinking offensive, and that just means we have to be super-aggressive to recover the ball quickly.

“When we don't have the ball, ultimately we're not as good anymore, so I think a good strength is to know how you function. This is how we function, so there's no excuses for us not to look to get the ball back very quickly.”

Pellegrini, though, disagrees with his skipper – as well as Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood, who believes City are vulnerable defensively ahead of Wednesday's showdown – and says the side are competent at the back.

“We must be a very balanced team, we are always working," said the 60-year-old. “Maybe you don't believe me but we work more in defending than attacking because, of course, it is difficult to when you have to defend with less defenders.

“I think it is very important to know how to do it and that's the way we work here. For the moment, we will continue in the same way. Maybe it's my opinion and I am wrong, but I think this team defends very well.”