But backed by free-spending Abu Dhabi owners, Guardiola has had plenty of talent to work with.
18 - Their run of 18 consecutive wins - from beating Bournemouth 2-1 on August 26 to a 1-0 victory at Newcastle United on December 27 - set a new Premier League record.
The answer was emphatic as City dominated at the home of the Premier League champions, controlling the game from the first minute and not offering Chelsea a sight of goal until a late chance in the dying minutes.
But the Spaniard believes leading City to the title would rank among his finest moments.
The Brazilian's long-range passing to launch City on the counter-attack and beat any high press employed by opponents has been a regular feature of the season, adding another weapon to City's frightening attacking arsenal.
The England worldwide took his goals tally for the season to 22 in all competitions with a close-range finish in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening. Certain due to the quantities of objectives and possibilities, within the Premier League with the contenders we've got and the place the gamers are so good....
What is clear is City has its swagger back after a demoralizing week that saw the leaders fail to seal top spot by losing the Manchester derby and exiting the Champions League.
City were already a goal up by the time Liverpool's Sadio Mane clattered Ederson but his sending off gave Guardiola's side the chance to really send a message. "He helped my game in a lot of ways". Chelsea scored 103 goals in 2009-10, and City have so far scored 93 times.
The date is March 14 of this year, and Pep Guardiola is making the short journey from the seven star Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, where a special guest is waiting to greet him. Sergio Aguero soon equalised from the spot, before Sterling fired another late victor. I'm speaking in entrance of you each three days and also you assume I've the key - the key is the gamers.
Juergen Klopp's side were the first to beat City in the league, blitzing them at Anfield with the help of Mohamed Salah, and then embarrassed them in the Champions League.
Don Balon love their Manchester City nonsense rumours and one of the most entertaining recently was Pep Guardiola being absolutely determined to sign Sergio Busquets.