MANCHESTER City captain Vincent Kompany hailed last night’s 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League as “totally deserved”.
City fell behind early on to a Cani strike but Carlos Marchena’s own goal levelled things up before Sergio Aguero won it in the third minute of injury time.
Kompany said afterwards: “It’s totally deserved but unbelievable really. We’re happy, maybe we’re going to carry on doing these sort of things this season.
“Europe seems to be so different for us this season. I’ve said it before, I think we are in the toughest group. Villarreal have been in it (the competition) much more than us - so it makes it a beautiful night.”
City boss Roberto Mancini said: “I said before the game it was important to win and I think we deserved to because we had a lot of chances to score.
“But Villarreal were very dangerous on the counter-attack because they play football very well.”
On Aguero’s winner, the Italian continued: “It was an important goal because it is now open for first place (in the group).
“When you play in the Champions League for the first time you need to improve game after game. We needed to win and I think tonight after this game we can do better.
“We conceded a goal after two minutes and after that the game was difficult but we scored an equaliser and had chances in the second half. In the end I think we deserved to beat them.”
Mancini revealed the 40th-minute substitution of Adam Johnson was for tactical reasons.
The Italian explained: “I think Adam can do better than tonight but I needed another player (Gareth Barry) in the middle and needed to move Yaya (Toure) in front.”
Asked if the win was important ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby in the Barclays Premier League, Mancini added: “The derby is a different game.”
He was also reluctant to discuss the outcome of tomorrow’s investigation into Carlos Tevez’s alleged refusal to play as a substitute at Bayern Munich last month.
Mancini added: “I understand everything but I would prefer to not speak about this situation.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Michael Carrick admitted Manchester United got the tough game they expected after labouring to a 2-0 Champions league win over Otelul Galati in Bucharest.
Wayne Rooney scored two second-half penalties but United also had Nemanja Vidic sent off as both sides ended the game with 10 players.
“We expected it to be hard,” Carrick said. “We knew it was going to be tough, we had to be patient and in the end we came through.”