Vincent Kompany has admitted to the club’s official website that it has been a difficult campaign for Manchester City, with the club unable to find the form that won them the Premier League title last season, but says seeing Chelsea crowned as champions will see Manuel Pellegrini's men back firing on all cylinders next term.
Even on that note, Pellegrini's position is not certain of being safe after going a full season without lifting a single trophy. Football clubs and owners have less patience these days and short-term success often wins out over long-term consistency.
Chelsea have, without question, been the best team in the Premier League in 2014/15, despite being accused of negative or anti-football. For the first half of the season they showcased quick, organised and exciting football, with Cesc Fabgregas, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic producing the goods.
Then, as the campaign continued and clubs were over the Christmas hump when games come thick and fast, Mourinho set his team up to win the Premier League, and that's exactly what they did.
Defensive or not, it's part of the game and maybe Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini can learn from that. Performance-wise it was not a season to remember for Vincent Kompany, who has now been talking about a lack of consistency at crucial stages of the season.
“It goes without saying ending up without a trophy this year was the last thing we wanted, but we will be doing everything possible to put that right next season,” he said.
“We lacked consistency at crucial stages of the season, dropped too many points at home and that has ultimately cost us.
“We enjoy being the champions but the table doesn’t lie and this season we’ve just come up short, though I’m pleased we’ve ended the season strongly.
“It would have been easy for everyone’s heads to have dropped after losing to United but we’ve shown our strength of character by ending the season strongly.
“We’ve won our last five games and will be aiming to make that six against Southampton on Sunday.”
Kompany has not started a game for City since picking up an injury in the Old Trafford derby defeat to Manchester United, but he could return against Southampton this weekend, where he will lead his team-mates on a lap of appreciation after the game.
“The fans have been incredible, as they always are,” he said. “It’s the players’ chance to say thank you so I hope everyone stays behind and we will aim to end with a good performance and three points.
“Then our focus is all about next season and doing all we can to win our third title in five years.”