Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.
"Do I have to be more of a leader?"
The big money arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic certainly represent the necessary statement of intent, though United have tried and failed, often at great expense, to find a winning formula since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
"We have a central midfielder and striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides". However, they have been unable to sign a wide player, and a move for Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic, who has been linked in the British media with a transfer to Old Trafford, looks unlikely.
West Ham have also been active in the transfer market after flirting with the relegation zone last season and could feature Mexico worldwide and ex-United striker Javier Hernandez in attack on Sunday.
"Manchester City have the best team on paper", ex-England midfielder Owen Hargreaves told the Premier League official website. His coach will be expecting the Belgian striker to deliver just as Zlatan Ibrahimovic did last season, and he is already doing so. But he insists, despite that, the title is a more realistic target.More news: Fabregas, Cahill See Red As Burnley Shock Chelsea
"There is no guarantee but naturally a manager in his second season knows the club and the players better".
"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City".
"So the motivation is higher and the confidence levels too, so I would say I'm really happy to start the Premier League this weekend, because our pre-season was very complete and was organised in a way where we start playing against MLS teams and we ended it playing against the best teams in Europe". Chelsea, without European football, were able to run away with the title, as Leicester managed to do the season before.
Star Bet: Arsene Wenger committed another two years to the Gunners at the start of the summer and his decision to refuse any offers for forward Alexis Sanchez will be key to their hopes of any success this season.
"So I don't think he'll be a huge loss to them". This time we are all in the same basket, it is going to be the same for everybody.
"Some, okay, have the luck to play Tuesday or Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, but in the end the same number of matches".
Lingard played in five of the seven pre-season tour games, scoring in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in Santa Clara after a fine assist from Anthony Martial. "There is no advantage for anyone".