Sergio Aguero scored twice to move past the 200-goal mark for City as the Blues lifted the Community Shield for the first time since 2012.
"The players are in bad, bad conditions", Guardiola said. "It's complicated for all of them but they are such competitive guys".
"We played against them last season with Napoli". We prepared for the final.
The Premier League season is upon us, and a raft of questions and queries surround each team.
Hailed as the "Stockport Iniesta" for the way his smooth passing conjures memories of Barcelona great Andres Iniesta, Phil Foden's composed display suggested the Manchester City midfielder could live up to the hype.
"I appreciate the players who came back earlier, like Bernardo (Silva), like Vinny (Kompany)". The tie-up would represent the largest commercial deal in the club's history and would be the third biggest deal in the Premier League behind cross-city rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
"Others play better when they are angry with their manager or decisions or because you shout at them". In most cases still we are far, far away.
"We have seven days to train this week, and hopefully we can increase that level".
Guardiola heaped praise on man-of-the-match Aguero after his match-winning brace and Silva for a "masterpiece" of a performance that ensures he is the first name on the team sheet against Arsenal.
The heat that beat down on the players all afternoon at the national stadium in London will now settle on 63-year-old Sarri as he looks to spark an immediate improvement in their Premier League opener at Huddersfield Town next week.
I do not know (if we are close). "Our pre-season until now has been a bit insane".
Sarri has still not seen six of his players, compounding issues in getting across his philosophy. "Sometimes we press in the right way but sometimes not".
"We were not in control of the match. It's not very easy".
"He was training all season with us, he fought with all our players, so that's why it's so good to have another player with this talent".