And on the eve of his side’s crucial Champions League game away at Napoli, the Catalan manager says his unbeaten squad are still in the process of developing.
City are yet to lose this season after 15 matches in all competitions and have won 13 on the bounce – a new Club record.
But Guardiola, twice a Champions League winner as manager of FC Barcelona, believes his side have work to do before they join the elite.
“I am honoured to be here as a coach,” he said. “We have two difficult away games [in Group F].
“This game [against Napoli] is about respect so there should never be fear. We are a young team - we do not share the same history as others.
“I am so, so happy. How we win, how we fight without the ball. It is a process. [But] we are still far away because it is only October.”
City know a draw in Naples will guarantee a top-two finish in Group F, enough to see them safely through to the last 16.
But Guardiola says his side only know one way.
“Why would we play for a draw when we can go for a win?” he said.
“Tomorrow we have a big, big challenge. There are moments we will have to defend like never before and I will see how the team react.”