David Moyes: 'Sunderland are not panicking'

Looking to make no mistake at Sunderland, Guardiola selects Sergio Aguero to spearhead his side's attack, while the Argentine is supported by Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva.

But as is so often the case with this Sunderland side, they were unable to get to half-time without conceding a goal in the latter stages of the first half.

And as you might imagine, most Manchester City fans are expecting Sunday will be a right laugh at Sunderland's expense. "We've got a good chance of staying up".

"But that's true. We are there behind, of course, Chelsea because they are nearly unstoppable".

Guardiola added: "People can believe these games are easy to play, but we didn't fall into that trap". If they're to pull off another miraculous relegation survival, they're going to start having to win games soon.

As for David Moyes' side, they have been struggling all season and have won just once in their last 11 games in all competitions and now languish in the relegation zone. The first months were very hard for him, but it is not easy for a young player in England to come here and play the way he's playing. Manchester City looked in a different league to Sunderland, and in all probability come the end of May, they will be.

Former England striker Jermain Defoe crashed a 25-yard effort against a City post on 20 minutes, after which Sunderland managed to keep the visitors at bay until the cusp of half time. Against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur we played well and we have to do that again.

"He can improve. He has to know we are going to push him a lot, and the moment he relaxes he is going to be in another place, he will not be on the pitch because we want to help him".

Aguero's deadlock-breaking effort - his fifth goal in as many games against the Wearsiders - ensured Sunderland were made to rue such profligacy in front of goal as the South American continues to fill the goal-scoring void left by the injury to Jesus.

He said: "Never, never, never when I see a team or analyse a team, do I see the table".