"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed", he said.
"I just hope that any competition between us benefits the team, that it inspires both of us to score plenty of goals for City and leads to the club winning lots of matches and trophies".
But Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".
"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton's better players".
"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years".
"I just think of them playing away from home for 38 games; they didn't have the greatest away record a year ago but had a superb home record".
Having insisted throughout last season, particularly when the team was struggling during the winter months, that he would never change his principles, the reality is that Guardiola has modified his approach in an effort to succeed in England.
"I think it is unsustainable". If they decide we're not able, then they'll find a solution. I'm going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.
"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now". We create always more than the opponent. Chelsea are in big trouble if big-signing Alvaro Morata does not adapt to English football, so expect Arsenal to pip them, Everton and Liverpool for fourth place. "We are here to win the games and titles". For the first time in 20 years, Arsene Wenger's side will be missing from the Champions League as a effect of its fifth-place Premier League finish.
City still appears too dependent on Vincent Kompany, its injury-prone center back and captain, while a new holding midfielder to replace 34-year-old Yaya Toure will probably be Guardiola's priority next summer. I'm honest in the job.
"I will do my best like I did last season". We have to deal with that and handle that. Marcus Suttner has arrived to play at left-back while young Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown looks a real talent, but perhaps the best piece of business could be the capture of Pascal Gross to play in the advanced midfield role of an expected 4-4-1-1 formation, or CAM as my Federation Internationale de Football Association brainwashed sons will tell me.
We end today's media round-up with a view from the other side and Brighton manager Chris Hughton says his side has to play with no fear on Saturday evening.