Kompany absence may help Manchester City against PSG, says Paul Dickov

The two sides meet in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The absence of Vincent Kompany may help, not hinder, Manchester City against Paris St Germain, Paul Dickov has told talkSPORT.

The defender is once again on the sidelines with injury, having picked up another calf injury last month.

He has missed the majority of this campaign with a series of injuries, and has been sorely missed in his side’s defence as Eliaquim Mangala and Nicholas Otamendi have failed to impress.

His side take on PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday, with many predicting the defence will struggle to contend with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in particular without their captain.

Dickov though, insists that his absent could actually suit Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

"I know it might seem stupid, but Vincent Kompany missing tonight might suit City a little bit,” he told talkSPORT.

"When Vincent plays, they tend to keep a higher line and leave space in behind them because of his leadership and organisation.”

"If Otamendi and Mangala play they could sit a little bit deeper and look to hit them on the counter with De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero up there.”

There is no denying that Manchester City face a tough game against the French side this evening.

While Dickov believes that they may benefit from Kompany’s absence, it’s fair to say that City’s fans, and probably manager Pellegrini, think otherwise.

It is not just defensive nous that he brings to the side, but leadership skills too, something that they have failed to find from other players when he is missing.

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