City began the season in imperious form and won their first five matches without conceding a goal, but have shipped seven in their last three matches without the influential Kompany, who has failed to shake off a calf injury.
“Of course Vincent is a very important player,” said Pellegrini. “He is our captain and he has started the season very well but I don’t think one player is so crucial. We won the last six games of last season without Vincent.”
Pellegrini brought the wrong passport for his flight to Dusseldorf yesterday, resulting in a dash home.