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Kompany praises Belgium´s ´family´ atmosphere

18 October 2012 06:51

Vincent Kompany is hopeful Belgium can reach their first international tournament since 2002.

Marc Wilmots' side are currently tied at the top of Group A with Croatia in World Cup qualifying, after Tuesday's 2-0 home victory over Scotland.

Speaking to Fifa.com, the Manchester City captain praised the mental spirit shown by the so-called 'golden generation' of Belgian players.

"I can tell you one thing, and this is the great thing about this team - no matter how many good players we've got, the team spirit is unbelievable," he said.

"We are like a family and every time we come here, we are not even thinking about who is going to play the game. It's all about whoever is on the pitch just giving everything."

The abundance of talent in Belgium's line-up was evident as Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was forced to settle for a place on the bench against Scotland.

"We've got five or six players who can play around those positions, and there are none of them who you can fault for effort, quality and talent," Kompany added.

"Eden had the perfect attitude, the perfect response, and it just shows why he is a big player. For us, it's great to have so much quality."

"If you are in the stand or on the bench, the mentality stays the same and the enthusiasm stays the same. It's really a joy to be with this national team."

However, Kompany knows more than most that you cannot rule out anything in football and after what was dubbed as a must-win match for Scotland, the 26-year-old believes Craig Levein's side are not out of the race for Brazil 2014 just yet.

"I wouldn't know my history too well if I thought Scotland were out of it. We (Manchester City) had six games to play and we were eight points down, and we won the league last year. I just hope we are not going to make any mistakes and give them the chance to get back in it," he said.

Group A appears to be a head-to-head fight between Belgium and Croatia to determine who takes the automatic qualifying position and Kompany is eager to make sure that Belgium do not slip up as they have done in past campaigns.

"I guess it will look like that just now until the next game. If we don't win the next game, it's all back open again. We're not going to focus on that too much," the former Anderlecht man said.

"We've got two games against Macedonia and they are massive for us. Personally, I just hope that we don't give anybody the feeling that they can get back in it."

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