Abuja - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is looking forward to their next Premier League game against league leaders Chelsea, and says the recent loss against Arsenal will only encourage them.
The Citizens' title hopes were knocked off course last weekend when the Gunners left the Etihad Stadium with a 2-0 win over the defending champions.
City’s loss was compounded by the fact the Blues won 5-0 against Swansea to pull five points clear of Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
The current situation at the summit of the Premier League means that the meeting between the two title-chasing clubs at Stamford Bridge next Saturday could prove crucial as Chelsea win would send them eight points clear at the top.
Jose Mourinho's men had a similar point advantage earlier this season, which City managed to catch up with, but it would be foolish of them to expect the west Londoners to surrender such a lead again. Despite being at a disadvantage, Belgium international Kompany says that his side have experience in coming through difficult situations.
"You are disappointed with any result that's not a win, but we've been in situations like this before and it won't affect the way we look at the Premier League. We will just make sure we are better the next game. We are always liable to kick off a massive run and that's the kind of club that we are," Football411 quotes him as saying.
Kompany knows the importance of the match at the Bridge, and thinks the disappointing loss to the Gunners may actually improve their chances in that game.
"In theory it should be better for us now because we will definitely be more fired up for that," he said. "We have always been great in games like this so I'm actually looking forward to it."
City face Chelsea on January 31, but will first have to deal with an Capital One Cup meeting with Championship side Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.