Hull City have only 21 points left to play for in this year's battle in the Premier League.
Manager Pep Guardiola, however, made a decision to restore the 33-year-old as City looked to get back to winning ways after taking just three points from their last four league games.
Tottenham applied pressure to Chelsea with a resounding 4-0 victory in the day's early fixture, but the Blues displayed resilience once more to see off Bournemouth.
"We prepare for home games and away games in the same way". A run of four league matches without a win had cast doubts over qualification for next season's competition. "I don't like the defenders to just defend and the strikers just to score goals". The Portuguese manager accepted their away form must improve, "we need to start translating our home form to when we go away because in front of our own fans we are playing well and with a lot of confidence".
"I came here with huge motivation to work and help our players to enhance, to keep us completely in the team and fight until the conclusion of the season".
The Chile worldwide was recalled in goal for his first Premier League appearance since January 21, but all he had to do in the first half was punch away one cross from Kamil Grosicki. I never came in as a manager, either at Barcelona, Bayern Munich or when I arrived here, thinking I know absolutely everything.
"Me and the players as well, and all the club, this is most important".
"All these questions are important, but we have one goal which is more important than the others".
"Still we have a lot of lovely things to fight for - to qualify for the Champions League is so important and would be a huge success, and we have the semi-finals of the FA Cup".
It was touted as a freebie by the players before the game and that was exactly how it turned out.
For Kompany himself it was nice to get through the game without a problem after having a succession of injury worries this season.
Given Guardiola's past successes with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, there was a belief at the start of the campaign that City would regain the crown.
"The mistakes are not just against us, the mistakes are against everybody", said the former Barca boss, who called for a summit with referee chief Mike Riley following the 1-1 draw with Liverpool last month.