Man City have set an English top-flight record by winning their last 16 games across all competitions and are unbeaten in their last 23 outings.
And head coach Guardiola has emphasised the collective strength of the squad in achieving that success, which has also seen them top the Premier League table, book a place in the Carabao Cup final, reach the FA Cup quarter-finals and the last 16 of the Champions League.
That does not mean Guardiola would not ever like to work with such players but, right now, he would not parachute anybody into a squad high in confidence after turning their season around.
City made an indifferent start to the campaign, dropping points in five of their opening eight games, but the way they have built momentum since looks ominous for their rivals.
“I will be honest,” said the City boss, whose side are also still in three knockout competitions. “I’d like to have a player to score, every single game, four goals and run like these players can run. I would love it.
“But I will not change any player we have right now, this season. All of them have shown up in the bad moments.
“In the good moments everyone finds it easy to play but, in the big teams, the big players show it in the bad moments. We’ve had bad moments this season. We had a moment we were 12th in the table, we were five points away from Tottenham.
“They were top of the league when we lost there. Now we are 17 points in front of them. That means how consistent we have been, how we have turned over the situation. That means a lot.”
City last failed to win when they were held to a frustrating draw at struggling West Brom on 15 December. Guardiola claims the secret to the upturn in results since has not been to order his players to run more – but to run less.
“It’s not new,” the Spaniard said. “What we’ve done is the same we did last season, two seasons ago, three seasons ago.
“Before West Brom we had incredible chances but I was not identifying with the way I like to watch my team. We moved a lot and ran a lot and this is a big mistake.
“I told the players to stay calm and wait for the ball to come to where you want. Since then the victories have helped us be more confident but we came back to what we were in previous seasons – don’t move much, let the ball move, stay in position and try to build something.
“The results and the quality and the players did the rest.”