"I think Manchester City agreed to it but the other top teams, United and Chelsea I think, they didn't want it", the City boss said. We handled pressure all season. In football, in sports - it can happen. "That has happened. We have to try to focus on our games - Tottenham, Swansea and after that".
Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola said: "Since November and December we have already been champions - when I saw pundits and people (say it is) "impossible for City to drop points". It's not necessary to say that.More news: PM Modi in Chennai says not biased against any region
The rivals have already faced off on two occasions this season, and they were feisty affairs as crowd trouble marred the league game at the AMEX Stadium before Brighton sent Palace out of the FA Cup. "He was injured before the game (against Liverpool) but he made a huge effort to help us for 10-15 minutes".
There have been suggestions that City's run of losses could be down to Guardiola's demanding style of play, but he rejected those claims saying the issues with his side are mental rather than physical.
"Never before in the National Basketball Association had one team in the finals recovered from 3-1 down, and two years ago (Cleveland) Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors 4-3". Cleveland Cavaliers won against Golden State Warriors 4-3. After, we wait for the results of United but, if it does not depend on the results of United, it is in our hands. We have to win two, or one and draw two games. If we lose it will be in the same way we tried to play against United and Liverpool.More news: Environment Canada: Rainy day ahead before potential ice storm this weekend
He admitted that Sunday's game against Spurs would be another hard game for his side. I'm sorry, but we're going to do it in that way, and after that we'll see.
Sergio Aguero could be a big miss for City as they are one of his favoured opponent.
Perhaps conscious of his age and the demands of a full season, Guardiola revealed his plans to bench Silva more next season and the need for a deep squad. "David played more because he was absent for a while, due his [ill] son's situation, that's why he had maybe more energy in the legs [recently]".More news: Latest Mega Millions victor used to live in Hillsdale