But ominously for Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United - all hoping to dethrone City - Guardiola revealed his players are still well short of full fitness after only a handful of training sessions following the World Cup.
It is still possible for players to transfer out of Premier League clubs to other leagues, for instance Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois could be sold to Real Madrid after the August 9th deadline, but Chelsea will need to recruit their replacement before then.
"The players are in bad, bad conditions", Guardiola said.
"It's complicated for all of them, but they are so competitive".
"They are my pride".
The English soccer giants are widely reported to have agreed a technical partnership with the German sportswear brand worth UK£50 million (US$64.8 million) per year from the 2019/20 season.
"We would like to be more intense in the pressing, but it was impossible because the players were absolutely exhausted".
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"He's a Manchester City fan, a Mancunian, so that's why for us it's so good". But in 11 months it depends on what they show me on the pitch.
"I appreciate the players who came back earlier, like Bernardo (Silva), like Vinny (Kompany)".
Three weeks after the World Cup finished, the Premier League champions opened the new season by collecting more silverware. Sometimes when you don't speak to them is when they play better. We are trying to find maybe one more.
"We have seven days to train this week, and hopefully we can increase that level".
Guardiola was effusive in his praise of Foden post-match, saying: "Phil is part of the team".
There has been little time to work on Sarri's trademark attacking style and, with another friendly against Lyon in midweek, the Italian fears his team will be under-prepared going into their opener at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Pressed on whether City were close to making a third summer signing, the former Barcelona manager replied: 'I don't know. "I was focused on the final, so we will see".