Long forgotten now after romping to the Premier League with a record 100 points last season, City suffered some serious growing pains in Guardiola's debut campaign.
"Then it was something that City lost to three teams outside the top six, we drew twice".
"It's been 29 years since we won a league title".
They responded to that last defeat with their own big win over Huddersfield, but Sarri remains unsatisfied until he sees consistency in his camp.
Before hosting Chelsea at the Etihad, the City boss has marked this game as a finale.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he does not need any help after Manchester City overtook his side at the top of the Premier League table. Dalglish said of suggestions Klopp is showing signs of nervousness.
Unfortunately for Sarri he may not be allowed the time Guardiola was afforded given the lengths City went to secure his signature and also the trigger happy culture at Chelsea under Roman Abramovich. We need to have another look today.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a positive timeframe for Joe Gomez's recovery, after the Liverpool centre-back underwent surgery on his leg on Monday. The only thing is that we prepare for the next day, for the next challenge, for the next game.
The reference to the transfer market may prove another significant difference. We built a really strong squad but it's a squad built for the future and not only this season.
Leroy Sane was recalled to the side for that victory at Goodison Park and will be hopeful of retaining his place this weekend, and here Sports Mole looks at how he has fared against Chelsea in the past. Neither of the forwards have been at their best in recent games and need to step up in a big way if the Merseysiders are to return to winning ways against the Cherries. They are able to press really well and it's hard to find a way out of that situation.
The most red cards Dean has handed out in a season is nine, a number he's already on... and it's only February!