With the start of the new English Premier League season this weekend, every one of the 20 teams including the newly promoted sides (Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield) would have set a target for the upcoming season.
In the end they were undone by their own mistakes, with Dale Stephens caught in possession in the lead-up to Aguero's goal and Dunk's own goal sealing their fate in a game City should have won more comfortably given their 75 percent possession.
"I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season".
"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe". We played with the best intentions and it was not enough.
Guardiola added: "And we ran a lot. That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "I sat here after the Sunderland game and you said: "You are the favourites, you are the most lovely, the most handsome, and nicest guys in the League". Last season I rotated the team a lot and I will do that again.
"Going forward, I don't think that there is anyone who can match us because we have so many attacking options and great players".
"The first game of a season is always complicated", he said.
"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton's better players".
Manager Pep Guardiola chose to start Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero up front together and the Brazilian youngster had the ball in the net in the first half, but it was ruled out for handball and the striker was subsequently booked. They keep it well and all of them are going to play. I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.
Pep Guardiola will have been disappointed with his first season in England as it was his first season without a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career, and the Catalan has looked to rectify by breaking the bank with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy joining the cause thus far. City have the power to be monstrously good this season and even after all we know about the super-club phenomenon this remains a squad of jaw-dropping quality.