Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has dismissed claims that he and his team-mates are struggling for form following their 1-0 victory over Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The reigning Premier League champions have failed to find their flowing best so far this term, often scraping wins by one-goal margins, with their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread after securing just one point from their opening three games.
But Kompany, who has been criticised following poor performances himself, says that he ignores any criticism that he receives from the media.
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"Criticism just depends how much attention you want to pay to it," the Belgian told the Daily Mail. "I don't pay any attention to criticism. I just do my own critique, so it doesn't affect me. I just keep living the life and keep working really hard.
"Whatever criticism we are getting now, we are still unbeaten in the league. It just means we have set the standard very high."
However, the champions remain the only team still unbeaten in the Premier League and Kompany thinks that a lot of their negative press has been unwarranted.
He added: "Sometimes when it doesn't go as well as you want it, you'll be the worst player or the worst manager in the world.
"Football is like a big piece of theatre. We are on stage and when it goes well people are clapping you and sometimes you get more praise than you should."
City's victory over Swansea was their fourth consecutive Premier League win and Kompany thinks that it will only be a matter of time before he and his team-mates reach the standard they set last season.
"I feel good but we set a very high standard last season. We want to achieve the same performances as last season but it is a matter of time sometimes," the club captain continued.
"By being patient and keeping doing what you have done to get success in the first place, you'll get there again. It is a very difficult thing. People around the club get wild and excited but I stay very calm."