How would the demanding boss respond to this setback, as City has taken just one point from its last two Premier League matches?
Pretty well, actually.
[ MATCH RECAP: Man City 1-1 Everton ]
Guardiola knows that sometimes the better team doesn’t pick up all three points, and that a red-hot goalkeeper can be the difference. Maarten Stekelenburg was outstanding for the Toffees.
From the BBC:
“We did everything and I am so proud of that team. We played amazing. We created chances, had two penalties. They had one chance. In football it is like this. Big compliment to Everton about the way they defend and their performance
“I am sad for the players because they deserve to win the game. We have to keep our heads up because from the beginning of the season we have done so well. Football is football. This happens sometimes.”
So there you have it: a measured reaction from Guardiola that is rooted in a hard truth of the sport as well as, perhaps, knowing that his team has to be in its right mind for a Wednesday visit to his old stomping grounds at Barcelona in UEFA Champions League play.