Newcastle United's players have complete faith in manager Rafa Benitez and are confident that the Spaniard's defensive approach to matches against the Premier League's big teams will ultimately pay off, midfielder Mohamed Diame has said.
However, given the demands of the World Cup finals over the summer and the subsequent delayed return to training for the bulk of his squad, Guardiola says he is more than happy with where his side are. But we have a squad, we have six strikers and I made a decision to play with two strikers, we have two wingers plus another one on the bench and that's why we decided this game he wouldn't be there.
But, he added: "He has to... If they decide to play in that way, what we have to do to beat them - that is the trick".
He did appear from the bench in the 1-1 draw away to Wolverhampton Wanderers last week but was unable to make an impact at Molineux.
Jurgen Klopp's team are five points better off than at the same stage last season and the Londoners, now under Maurizio Sarri, have three more than they mustered under Antonio Conte 12 months ago. He was not precise but he tried. They convince me, I am satisfied from the moment they run.
Sane will be hoping to feature when City return to action against Fulham on 15 September following the worldwide break.
"Step by step we will get our best condition", Guardiola said.
"I am pleased to see the support of the fans and the way players were working, that is the main thing, to have everyone together".