Kevin De Bruyne was Guardiola's captain for the night - the City armband is up for grabs following the departure of talisman Vincent Kompany.
City's badly delayed flight, jet lag, punishing temperatures and promotional demands placed on his players while in China are all conspiring to make it a far-from-ideal pre-season for City.
"He is our player and we hope that he can stay here this season and next season and next season".
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Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Leicester's Harry Maguire, with Pep Guardiola playing down Manchester City's chances of signing another centre back.
The 23-year-old is believed to have some doubts about how much he will play at City with the competition for places at the club.
"Sometimes it is good to lose against the Premier League teams in that period [pre-season] but honestly I don't think so".
However, even if David Silva becomes the skipper, De Bruyne will surely take over from him in near future as Silva is likely to play his last season for the Cityzens.
"He knows, they all know, it's hard (to play regularly) because of the quality we have".
The England global was in electric form in the opening exchanges but failed to cap a fine start with a goal when he fired over the bar from the penalty spot just before the midway point of the first half. As I said many times, we want people happy to be here. We know his potential and what his level is and he has a special quality that is hard to find around the world. "We can not train, we need to keep energy for the match day".