Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has explained to talkSPORT what went through his head when he put years of injury agony behind him with a goal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal .
The Belgian’s recent career has been hampered by constant fitness troubles, but he was able to make his 13th appearance of the season against the Gunners, and was one of the stars of the show as Pep Guardiola won his first silverware as City manager.
Kompany was one of City’s ‘old guard’ to find the net at Wembley, with the centre-back’s poacher finish - diverting Ilkay Gundogan’s shot into the back of the net - sandwiched between Sergio Aguero’s lobbed opener and a third goal from David Silva .
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Kompany’s goal was perhaps the highlight of the game – the skipper let out a roar as he wheeled away in celebration, and he was mobbed by the entire City team, including players off the bench.
The 31-year-old spoke EXCLUSIVELY to talkSPORT on Monday and, reflecting on that moment, he said: “It’s a feeling you can’t really describe.
“What you saw was what I felt. I enjoy being part of this team and I hope that until the last minute of my career I can enjoy it like I did yesterday. It was an unbelievable experience.
“When it all comes together, it’s one of those things when you want to tell every young player that you just have to hang in there.
“Every minute of hard work is worth it if you’re able to have even one shot of what we had yesterday.
“I hope I’ll be remembered for a lot more than my injuries over the years, but in many ways this season has been great, even for me.
"I’ve learned so much and I’ve been able to be a part of everything that has been done. It’s not all about what I can deliver on the pitch.”