It was always, in truth, a little surprising that Guardiola didn't act to strengthen in that area last season given how vital the likes of Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Philipp Lahm and David Alaba had been to his Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams and given that the four fullbacks he inherited were all over 30. You don't see one player on my team not running.
Manchester City look really strong and they are my tip for the title.
"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect".
But during a press conference on Friday ahead of their season's opener, Guardiola said: "Last season we were favourites too and we finished 15 points behind. We got the goal because we were patient".
The new players that come in they have to adjust to the way we want to play.
"It's a very disappointed changing room, which shows it means something to them and shows they know that for 70 minutes we were very much in the game".More news: No Easy Military Options in North Korea
Pep Guardiola has praised the speed of Manchester City's summer transfer activity. We will try to improve.
The visitors thought they had taken a first-half lead through Gabriel Jesus, but his close-range effort was disallowed after the ball hit his hand as he tried to chest down Kevin de Bruyne's aerial cross.
"Because I don't think last season the players he had were the type of players that he wanted so you have to rebuild the team around his project and the way he wants to play - it's a tough job for him".
Brighton was successfully repelling City's potent strike force until a costly lapse.
More immediately, there must be concerns about the way United was outplayed in the Super Cup by Real Madrid, despite in theory being far further along in preparation for the new season.
"We controlled the counter-attacks, we conceded just one chance in 90 minutes away from home and that's not easy in the Premier League".
They have won their opening league match in each of the past six seasons, with Sergio Aguero scoring a total of five goals in those games.