Guardiola spoke before the game about his fear of Liverpool's front three, and that was reflected in his tactics, which were far more conservative than they were last season. In fact, I am still not sure they will make it into the top four. Dejan Lovern has been handed his first Premier League start of the season, Trent Alexander Arnold is on the bench.
That's led to plenty of speculation about problems in the side, with this scoreless display making it four games without a goal for one of their famed attacking trident since all three have been at Anfield.
The match between Liverpool and Manchester City was meant to be one for the ages.
"It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again", he said.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has talked about there being a gap between his team and City and Liverpool, but they can close it if they can keep Hazard fit and in the kind of form he is in at the moment.
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Liverpool are nine points better off than at the same stage last season, and Van Dijk remains satisfied, if not complacent. Pep spoke with me. Regardless of the result, I'm expecting goals plenty of talking points and some red-hot chat on the live blog!
With Lovren closing in behind him, the Argentina global went down but referee Martin Atkinson waved away penalty claims.
On Sunday, against the best team in the land, Liverpool showed that they have that now. Clearly, from the way they set up, neither of them wanted to be beaten, rather than both going looking for the win.
Graeme Souness also doubts Chelsea, who have also won their first two Europa League games this year, will challenge for the title.
"I also have a lot of credit for Kyle (Walker) today and how he controlled (Sadio) Mane", he added.
Now, Mahrez hadn't exactly had the best display of his career but he clearly felt like this was his time to step up and grab the victor.
"If somebody would have told me after eight match-days we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I'd have said "yes". He had a couple of decent openings on Sunday, but failed to really test Ederson.