He was brought down for the second-half penalty that was struck against the post by Gabriel Jesus and it was the Belgian's burst forward that led to City's third goal, which put the outcome beyond doubt.
City went into Saturday evening's showdown with Tottenham knowing a win would move them 14 points clear at the top of the table.
The conversation turned to one of the themes of the week - how to behave at the moment of victory - and, specifically, the accusation from the Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, that City had let themselves down after their triumph at Old Trafford last Sunday; that they had shown a lack of respect.
"He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future, that is what we want to do", said Guardiola.
We were poor but, not only that, the way that we conceded the first goal was a massive mistake for us.
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Praising the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners for allowing him to assemble such a talented team, Guardiola said: "We are on a good streak".
Pochettino's decisiona will impact Guardiola's tactical plan and vice versa throughout the game, and that's why this is such an interesting coaching battle to watch.
Christian Eriksen fired in a consolation for Spurs in stoppage time. They are being talked about as one of the best teams of the Premier League era, but Guardiola believes there is room for improvement. "It's not only that we need to win today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow". We are happy to beat a team like Tottenham.
But while the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach believes they still have levels to climb to, he insists that City can not go through the season unbeaten in the Premier League.
"I think the chance that Harry Kane had maybe was key because if we had scored there, it may have changed because we dominated Manchester City in the first 20 minutes of the second half". "Some people are forgetting this run because there is a team that is winning every game".
Look for City to dominate possession at home, even against a Spurs side that likes the ball as well.
"Most of the players grew up there, so I think English football can be pleased with what this manager has done with these players, helping the national team to be better".