Last Updated: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:28
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has called for a response following the Manchester derby defeat on Sunday.
City suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and now trail their title rivals by six points in the battle for Premier League glory.
Centre-half Kompany has called on his side to respond to the defeat and make a concerted effort to retain their league crown.
"In my mind, there is no difference other than we now know we can do it, so if we apply ourselves correctly we can win it again," said the defender.
"Of course, as champions you start most games as favourites to win and teams tend to sit back a little bit more and wait for you to take the game to them - then try to catch you on the counter-attack.
"Teams may have more respect, but they are not naive with it and that makes each game a bit trickier than it was last season. It's an honour to be defending the Premier League title, so you have to take everything that comes with it."
He added: "We have the ambition to improve on our achievements last season and do better again.
"That's our aim and what we work towards every day in training. We've learned a lot from winning the title but I still think there is a lot of room for improvement."
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