Now we have in front of us the most important title in the season by far.
"But the fact is he has not reached the Champions League final in the last seven years".
Looking ahead to Saturday's top-flight game against Tottenham, Guardiola insists there is nothing wrong with his side's performances following a run of three consecutive losses. "So of course it can happen, no doubts about that", Guardiola said.
"So we have six games". There are six games and 18 points left to play for this term, while second-placed United trail City by 13 points. I will accept the punishment and next season we'll start without the manager there.
"I don't know (when he will be fit)".
"It can happen", Guardiola said.
"Two years ago, never before, in the National Basketball Association finals one team recovered from 3-1 down".
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Barring a scenario in which City record five losses and a draw while one of Liverpool or Spurs wins all six of their remaining matches by huge scorelines, that leaves us with one semi-realistic contender.
"Apart from Bayern Munich, the three teams in the semifinals of the Champions League - Roma is 20 points behind Juventus, Liverpool is 17 points behind us plus one more game, Real Madrid is 15 points behind Barcelona".
"It's in hour hands, that is the good advantage".
For a team that has come close to footballing perfection at times this season, the past 10 days couldn't have gone any worse for Manchester City. "I think they need to be helped, but if the guys made a decision to do that, it will happen like this season".
A side containing Ronaldo, Raul, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and David Beckham looked on course for a treble of Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey going into March.
As always, feel free to post to your own Manchester City and/or Tottenham starting XI predictions, as well as your score predictions, in the comments section below. You have to understand that when [Mohamed] Salah scores his goal it is not a physical reaction [it's mental]. "They are human beings and they are disappointed because they gave it everything".
"But if we score the second goal or we score two or three goals you would see how they run and how aggressive they are".