Concise News learned that the Premier League legends disclosed that the Belgian’s farewell was a huge loss for the champions.
“There’s always a chance of catching a team that’s just won the league,” Robson told Goal.
“It depends on City with how they replace Kompany because he’ll be a big miss for them, he was a real leader in the dressing room. It also depends on how you start the season, if you start it off really well you can be confident.
“City have definitely got the ability to go win the league again but they’re definitely catchable as well.”
Kompany, who has been a playmaker at City since 2008, is now player-manager at Anderlecht.
“City have been fantastic the past couple of seasons and Kompany is a big figure for them, so losing someone like that with his strength in the dressing room will be a big loss,” Irwin told Goal.
“But they’ll still be a hard side to beat and there was a large points gap between ourselves and them last year so it’s up to us to rise up to the challenge and start the season really well.”