This week, City have a chance to momentarily close the gap on Liverpool to one point if they can win at Newcastle on Tuesday - Jurgen Klopp's side are in action against Leicester on Wednesday evening.
The City boss says he can not see the Reds slipping up very often between now and the end of the campaign - and that means the Blues will need to keep winning in order to have a chance of retaining the title.
While City have been playing catch-up they can now take the initiative, having won their last eight games in all competitions - doing so without conceding a goal in the previous six.
The playmaker is contracted until the end of next season, but Guardiola would love to see the Spaniard - who has previously said he is likely to leave at the conclusion of his deal - stay at City beyond that. "But at the same time I tell them it's a privilege", he added.
"Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes you are not but the most important thing is being there and that's what I want". Then you work for the next season.
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"I don't think it's because they are scared, no. It's the only way I understand when you are in four competitions".
"It's important now that at the end of January we are still there".
"Liverpool Football Club is one of the biggest names in our sport with a fanbase that stretches to all corners of the world and while that is a tribute to a glorious history, it is also an obstacle to ambitions".
As Pep Guardiola himself said, a quadruple was a "huge fantasy" for City, but the mavericks are still at a stage where they can achieve it as per their latest form and standings. Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there because they are the best. That's what I want.
The Merseyside club spent four days in Dubai last week to avoid the harsh English winter weather, while Guardiola's team packed in a league visit to Huddersfield, a League Cup trip to Burton and that FA Cup clash with Burnley. Chapeau, hats off to my players. "I have a lot of respect for what they have done and what they try to do".