The transfer season ahead of the new campaign is something that has had odd feel about it at times.
He and the two boys had traveled to watch the game by plane from London Stansted to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, and then made the six-hour drive over the border to Skopje to watch their beloved team. "Manchester City are many pundits" favourites for the title this year.
"We have [bought] three players, as you know".
Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros (£200 million, $260 million), had been building for some time.
He achieved the feat at Porto, Chelsea twice, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, with the only exceptions to the rule being his first two management roles, at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria, where he lasted less than a season in both cases.
"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable". We were not able with those players to find a solution.
Factoring in every year since Abramovich's arrival in 2003, the figure averages out at 20.9, marking out this season's squad as a significant anomaly.
As long as Spurs can stay similarly formidable in home fixtures after moving to Wembley, an improvement in their away form would be decisive.
Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season.
"Going forward, I don't think that there is anyone who can match us because we have so many attacking options and great players".
"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed". We always had that, we always had the guy who scores more goals, but then we had the winger who scored 15 goals, the midfielder who scored 10 goals, we had a central defender that scored five goals and last season that didn't happen much.
And while that should change with him playing with much better players at Manchester United, if Lukaku beats his best career scoring output by two goals, he would simply be replacing the 28 goals in all competitions Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the team previous year.
Chelsea were sensationally upstaged by Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final and lost to them again in Sunday's Community Shield, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger retains little margin for error. "We are here to win the games and titles".
We'll have to wait and see if anything comes of this but obviously it would be a major coup if United could land Bale as he's one of the best attackers in European football.
Perhaps the bigger problem was his group of aging, rapidly declining full-backs, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov.