Guardiola was referring to the fact that Tottenham knocked out City on their way to a first ever Champions League final last season before losing to Liverpool in Madrid.
"I know how good Tottenham are," said Guardiola. "It's the second best team in Europe. For me, that is enough."
However, bar their 1-0 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the first leg of that Champions League quarter-final, City have won five of the last six meetings between the teams and finished 27 points above them in the league.
Since Tottenhams last trophy – the English League Cup in 2008 – City have won ten major trophies.
But if anyone is going to bridge the huge gap that City and Liverpool opened up at the top of the league last season, Mauricio Pochettino's men appear best placed to do so.
"Tottenham are really, really, good contenders," he states. "Since I came here to England, every season Spurs was a real contender.
"In the first season they finished second. We won in the last two seasons, but they were always there."
However, Guardiola also believes Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal will pose a threat to prevent City and Liverpool fighting out a two-horse race for the title like last season.
"I am impressed with how Chelsea played in two tough matches against top teams," said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager. "I was really surprised by how good Frank Lampards team played.
"We saw Manchester United and the quality they have up front in that first game. While Arsenal bought good players, especially likRead More