City entertain Maurizio Sarri’s side knowing victory will bring them level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, although the Reds will have played one game fewer than the champions.
Guardiola expressed his pride at having seen his side avoid the fate that befell Chelsea and others, with Manchester United the last team to successfully defend the title in 2008-09.
“I know in the last five or six years what happened with the champions the year after, in which position they were,” Guardiola told reporters.
“All of them, they were out. They did not have a chance in that period to win the Premier League.
“We are there. That is one the things I am most delighted about this season.”