City were beaten in Dortmund on Tuesday night and failed to even qualify for the Europa League putting pressure on the players and boss Roberto Mancini.
Arch rivals Manchester United visit the Etihad today in the first Manchester derby of the season and last season’s champions will be looking to leapfrog their opponents and regain top spot in the Premier League.
Kompany is pleased that their first game after such disappointment is against their rivals as it gives them a chance to instantly pick themselves up and restore some faith from the fans.
The Belgian also believes that neither side will go into the game as favourites despite City holding home advantage and that he expects every player to be at the top of their game.
“The best way for us to react is to perform on the pitch, and we’ve done it time and time again in the past so I’m sure we’ll do it again,” Kompany exclusively told talkSPORT.
“It’s the kind of game where you expect yourself to perform well. You expect yourself to have a good game because you know that the challenge is huge.
“The passion that goes into that game is quite special so it’s probably a good game to pick yourself up but there is always a risk attached to a game like this.
“It’s probably very difficult to call a favourite in these kind of games whether you play at home or away.”