Although three points would obviously have been the preferred outcome from our goalless draw at Manchester United, a club record sixth consecutive clean sheet is certainly a significant consolation.
And Guardiola admitted that, while it can be difficult to leave players out when they are performing well, he is pleased to be presented with this kind of dilemma.
“It’s how you perform today, right now, and right now John and Ruben were brilliant and that is why they play.”
“Aymeric… and Nathan Aké played extraordinary well in the last game against Marseille.
“I have to make a selection, that’s all. They don’t make mistakes and that’s why, Aymeric will be back.”
With this in mind, the boss also sent out a message to his entire squad after the 0-0 draw with Manchester United, insisting their chance will come to stake their claim for a starting spot in the midst of a busy festive fixture schedule.
“Every player in the squad has incredible skills, it’s like United players, Liverpool or Tottenham,” he said.
“The season is long. The moment will come and when that moment comes, in that moment, they need to make a good performance.”
Hear the boss’ thoughts in full by watching the video above…