And as he looked ahead to the resumption of action following the current global break, Guardiola said he was in no doubt his contribution will be equally crucially this time round.
"We have six strikers and I made a decision to play with two strikers, we have two wingers plus another one on the bench".
"We will not play against Man City every weekend".
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Having accrued 10 points from a possible 12, City now lie two points behind the leaders.
"It's normal with this awesome squad", Jesus said. That's it. We will get results, I'm confident about this. Jurgen Klopp's team are five points better off than at the same stage last season and the Londoners, now under Maurizio Sarri, have three more than they mustered under Antonio Conte 12 months ago. "Our opponents have more points than then, Chelsea had dropped points and Liverpool a few. We knew that (would happen)", said Guardiola.
The Magpies remain winless in their opening four Premier League games this season going into the worldwide break, but there are some encouraging signs for manager Rafael Benitez to work with. In all the games and Community Shield. "It's impossible after the World Cup mentally for the players to be in the best condition, the best approach". We need time. After worldwide break we will start every three games having a game.
"We will improve. I don't have doubts about that".