Craig Bellamy EXCLUSIVE: Former Manchester City striker reveals Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht are doing their fitness classes on video calls

Vincent Kompany’s intensively driven character was evident for everyone to see during his trophy-laden 11-year spell at Manchester City.

The Belgium defender won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups at the Etihad before returning to Anderlecht as player-manager last summer.

Vincent Kompany waved goodbye to Manchester City at the end of last season
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And his former City teammate, Craig Bellamy, who is Anderlecht’s Under-21 coach, says Kompany has lost none of his appetitive and desire for the game.

Like many teams across Europe, the Belgian Pro League outfit are currently out of action with the coronavirus pandemic causing havoc in the sporting world.

And speaking exclusively to talkSPORT on Thursday, the ex-City and Liverpool striker explained how Kompany is keeping check on his squad’s training regime with everyone forced to isolate at home.

“We’re having conference calls every day,” he revealed. “Anybody who knows Vincent will know what that means!
“By every day I mean every day! He likes to hold regular meetings and update us on everything.

“The first team and the Under 21s are doing daily sessions on Zoom, so they have to tune in to that and the fitness coaches join in with them.

“It’s another way of being able to keep a check of everyone.”

Kompany’s former City teammate, Craig Bellamy, is Under-21 coach at Anderlecht
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He continued: “They also use Strava [running app] as well, so if they go out on a run they have to input their individual data, so we can get an idea of what exactly they’re doing each day.

“It’s worked quite well all things considered. None of it is ideal, but this is a serious virus.

“The health and safety of everyone is paramount so we have to do as best as we can.”

Meanwhile, Bellamy says modern-day players need more coaching than those who featured in previous eras.

“When you look back at the 60s and 70s where they great players then? Of course, they were,” he explained.

“Maybe the level of coaching wasn’t as detailed as it was now, but I can only talk about the brilliant ex-players I’ve worked with as managers.

“They couldn’t understand how players from our generation needed more detail, because they were used to working it out themselves.

“Say you’re playing against a left-back and he was brilliant on the outside so you’d want to come inside.

“You would therefore work it out a lot yourself, but players these days need that detail.

“These are outstanding players, but in terms of the decision-making they wait for you.