"It was a tough, tough period in winter time, we have this chance [to rest] for three or four days and we give it to them".
He paid a heavy price for his miss as Johann Berg Gudmundsson swept the equaliser into the net for the home side with eight minutes remaining from a Matt Lowton cross as Sean Dyche's seventh-placed side earned a point. Their roles will be crucial, if Burnley are to nip City's threat in the bud.
Guardiola will assess the fitness of David Silva after he hobbled out of the West Brom game with a blow to the hip. He's certainly a doubt for Saturday, as is John Stones, and the Citizens are definitely missing Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph, Phil Foden, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus.
With a number of injuries, Guardiola named players for just six of the seven substitute slots - a decision which was criticised by television pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville as letting down City's youth system. "In my experience until everything is done, you have to be prepared for anything to happen".
City missed out on bringing in Riyad Mahrez late on in the January transfer window from Leicester, while David Silva, Leroy Sane and Phil Foden, the England Under 17 World Cup victor, are all on City's seven-man injury list.
"That's why always the Premier League is the most important title because it shows your consistency every single week".
Jose Mourinho admits Manchester City are uncatchable in the Premier League title race but remains desperate to finish ahead of the chasing pack. Last season, the fixtures were announced on City's official website on May 16. "People will say that now - Man City, we should have beaten them." . Who has been playing well this season and who has worked hard?
Despite their absentees, City were still dominant as Sterling blasted over from six yards out after good build-up play by Aguero after the break. And if his performances this season are anything to go by, the Belgian will deliver.
"It's ridiculous to think about that", he said when confronted with the prospect of a dream derby for City supporters.
However, Guardiola's side ooze class and confidence at the moment and should have enough in their tank to shake off any challenges that Burnley might pose and we at the Hard Tackle predict a 2-0 win for the leaders.