"If we are going to compare November, December, January, comparing the position, we are going to lose all the comparisons with what we have done last season".
Bayern seem to have a few more experienced players available which gives them a key advantage in a game likely to be dominated by youngsters and inexperience. "It is what it is; I learned that when I was a little boy in Barcelona, you don't find excuses, you just play", Guardiola added when asked about City's preparations with their regular starters.
Diehard fans usually greet the major football clubs' pre-season tour of far-off countries with a distinct slice of cynicism, perceiving their run as pure money-makers for already wedged pockets, but often the matches conjure up moments of excellence for them to stand up and be counted.
Guardiola also said his team's performance against Liverpool showed there was a bright future for a young City squad. We want to try and do better than last season. It's been eight very successful years here and we've played attractive football.
Liverpool were trailing when he was introduced after German global Leroy Sane, also behind some players in his preseason schedule, raced cleared of the Liverpool defence and confidently fired a shot under Caoimhin Kelleher for a 57th-minute opener.
Silva loves working with Guardiola, "He makes complicated things seem easy", he said.
"Every club does what they believe, I understand completely", he said. "All I can say is that I signed for City and it was the best decision I have ever made in my footballing career". I am happy to be manager of these guys for this reason. And I don't get arrogant [and think] that I will be more successful than him.
It was Salah that chipped a ball into the box, in injury time, in a move that led to Liverpool's winning penalty.