City, who have lost their three matches, were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool and missed an opportunity to win the Premier League title against rivals Manchester United. As soon as Chris Smalling's well-timed finish struck the back of Ederson's goal last Saturday to give United a 3-2 lead, numerous home fans at the Etihad Stadium turned to each other and lamented their collapse.
Guardiola seems to playing mind games to help his players.
Despite a 13-point lead over second-placed Manchester United with six games left, the Spaniard insists his side are still vulnerable and need to "focus". "We have 14 players plus the kids".
Spurs inflicted Guardiola's first defeat in English football in a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win at White Hart Lane last season, and can solidify their place in the top four by inflicting more pain on City.More news: PMO clarifies over PM Modi's tour programme for April 12
The past week has taken a little of the shine off City's outstanding season with the loss to United coming between defeats by Liverpool in both legs of their Champions League quarter-final. Now their task is to register five points from the remaining six games.
However, Premier League clubs have agreed to continue to test the system during selected match days of the 2018/2019 campaign and they will also watch with interest when VAR is used during this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.
It's not unusual for a team to win a lot of a games and when they lose people ask "what happened?" But it doesn't depend on the United result, it's in our hands, it's up to us to win our games, and we are able to win [the] two games [needed].
"In football it can happen, of course it can, I assure you", Guardiola told reporters.
"After that game I don't know if he'll be ready for the Swansea game (on April 22). The first test is tomorrow and we will try hard". You have to learn that because at the end if we were not able to do it and United win the league, all we can say is "congratulations" to United, reflect on what we have done badly in the last month and move forward. Of course it can happen, no doubts about that.