Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
I'm willing to admit that after Guardiola's ideal start a year ago, I was one of I was one of the many City fans in September loudly declaring us champions... only for us to end up clinging onto the top four on the final day of the season.
That building work has involved spending big on five major signings.
Last season's Premier League runner up is anticipated to be on the radar this season because the quality of the Spurs team is still at its best and the fact that It's going to be Wembley all the way!
Pep Guardiola's men take on the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening.
Another season without silverware will raise serious doubts as to whether he really is the man to carry City to the summit of European football for the first time.
Wilfried Zaha is a player who often shows glimpses of his vast quality but will want to showcase his talent more evidently this campaign as he seeks more consistency and goals in his game.
"I am not happy", said Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, "but at the same time for me it's a challenge".
The 26-year-old is targeting a Premier League return at the beginning of next month and the friendly game in Girona next Tuesday is seen as an ideal game to ease him back in.
Gunners manager Wenger is a self-confessed fan of last year's title-winning PFA Player of the Year but was put off by the £50m price tag Leicester have put on the Algerian's head. One must remember that they got promoted with a negative goal difference.
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. But I think it is unsustainable.
The England Under-17 international's progress comes as no surprise to Steve Eyre, a former youth coach at City who fondly remembers watching a nine-year-old Foden excel when challenged to mix it with higher age groups from time to time. "It will not be easy but we will travel to win the game".
"I saw last season how tough the league is". That was not going to stop the Spaniard from further adding to his backline though as barely a week later, the Manchester club forked out nearly as much for highly-rated Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy. If you're looking for a balanced combination of a football game and a management simulation, you should find this game to be an entertaining activity between Premier League matches.
That's all for now, we'll be back around 2:30PM (UK time) to round-up on the day's events so far and get stuck into the 3PM fixtures!
"I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it's not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air".