Kompany said: "We've got five or six players who can play around those positions and there are none of them who you can fault for effort, quality and talent.
"It's always a difficult decision and I think the manager was probably brave.
"Eden had the perfect attitude, the perfect response, and it just shows why he is a big player. For us, it's great to have so much quality.
"I can tell you one thing, and this is the great thing about this team, no matter how many good players we've got, the team spirit is unbelievable.
"We are like a family and every time we come here we are not even thinking about who is going to play the game.
"It's all about whoever is on the pitch just giving everything.
"If you are in the stand or on the bench, the mentality stays the same and the enthusiasm stays the same.
"It's really a joy to be with this national team."