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The Belgian is confident that his team are slowly positioning themselves as cup favourites and is pleased with the partnerships his players are developing

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes his team are ‘as strong as anyone’ following their confident display against Villarreal on Wednesday night.

Two goals from Yaya Toure and a coolly finished penalty by Mario Balotelli saw Roberto Maninci’s men win 3-0, to move second in Group A following Napoli's defeat against Bayern Munich.

“We put in a good shift," Kompany told ITV. "We did everything as we planned. We didn’t do anything crazy. But we were patient and it paid off for us.

“In the Champions League, it was defensively our strongest performance and our strikers are lethal on their day. Definitely a great job today."

Asked about the impressive partnership between Toure and Balotelli, he added: “We score goals nearly every game and there are a lot of partnerships. That’s a good thing. We can change a lot of players and still we don’t lose in strength and that’s important.

“We’ve always thought that if we do our job properly we are as strong as anyone.

“We don’t need to look too much at the other teams; it’s a hard group but if we do what we need need to do, we can win any game."

A win against Napoli in their next European encounter will see them qualify for the knockout stage, and the City captain insists they are relishing the test.

“It [the Napoli game] will be a big game but that’s why you play the Champions League for."

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