I can replace Vincent Kompany, says Manchester City's Stefan Savic

The Montenegrin international conceded the penalty that handed Liverpool a 1-0 advantage in the League Cup semi-final, but is still confident of reaching Wembley in February

Manchester City defender Stefan Savic believes he can fill the void left by captain Vincent Kompany as he sits out his four-game suspension.

The Premier League leaders have been left short at the back by the Belgian's absence, with fellow centre-back Kolo Toure also missing due to African Cup of Nations duty, but the Montenegrin is confident he can step up.

"When you are replacing someone like Vinny, everyone expects a lot from you," Savic told the club’s official website.

"He is our captain and our leader. But I think I can do it.”

The 21-year-old faced a tough battle against Liverpool in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg, conceding the first-half penalty that handed Kenny Dalglish's side a 1-0 advantage going into the return tie at Anfield in two weeks' time.

However, the £6 million signing from Partizan Belgrade rallied in the second half, and Savic is still confident of reaching the final at Wembley in February.

He added: "The first half was difficult and the tackle for the penalty was a bad decision from me.

"But after that we came back into the match and had some chances and we still have a chance to go to the final."

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