Kompany welcomes pressure

2014-06-11 08:13
Vincent Kompany (Supplied)

Cape Town - Belgium captain Vincent Kompany is excited by the prospect of leading an immensely talented team at this year’s World Cup.

Belgium, competing in their first World Cup since 2002, have been labelled by some as the dark horses ahead of this year’s campaign and naturally the expectations are considerably higher ahead of the tournament, a point that Kompany doesn’t mind.

"It's crazy back home at the moment. It is so intense and everything related to the national team is taken out of context and made bigger," Kompany told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

"It is a huge pressure but I like it. We could only dream of this opportunity 10 years ago. Now we have got it, I plan to enjoy it," added Kompany.

Belgium will compete in Group H against Algeria, Russia and Korea Republic and as a result they have been recognised by aficionados as the favourites to emerge from that group unscathed. However, Kompany refuses to take anything for granted in that respect.

"I don't believe in saying Belgium are favourites - not at all," he said

"The favourites are Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina. Then there are teams like us with hopes and ambitions."

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