"He (chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak) knows I'd step aside if things weren't going to plan", Guardiola commenting in a new book, "Pep's City: The Making of a Superteam".
Bernardo Silva and David Silva are the other two options in central midfield, but both players prefer to play further forward, closer to the attackers, while Phil Foden has yet to be entrusted the responsibility of starting for City in the league.
"We try to play, of course sometimes we make fouls".
City have Crystal Palace up next and you wouldn't expect Palace's attack to expose that ramshackle defence too much, but they've done it before and you never know with Roy Hodgson's men.
"My game is totally different now from what I was doing five years ago at City".
And Rodri confirmed he has been working on "tactical fouls", as well as other aspects to playing a new position, since swapping Madrid for Manchester. "I didn't have this exact role in the team".
"We didn't give Foden a new contract by accident", he said.
"It's good for me to learn these things".
By definition, yes Liverpool are the best team in Europe right now.
A trip to Old Trafford to face arch-rivals Manchester United on October 20 is their next assignment.
Yet it still wasn't enough for the Reds to lift the title with Manchester City pipping them to the post by a single point.
A remarkable run of form set in motion last season has continued this term, with 17 successive victories secured in the English top-flight.
Liverpool's players are correct to try and calm things down after a sensational start to the season, but deep down they know this is surely the year they become even greater legends at Anfield.