Manchester United this weekend will be the next side to take up the challenge and may have a little more in their arsenal than the majority of City's opponents thus far in a 2017-2018 season littered with glittering successes.
"It's a must-win game".
The arrival in Manchester of the two pre-eminent managers of the age stoked the embers of a bitter personal rivalry that had crackled with blistering intensity during the two years they spent in opposing camps in Spain.
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United's defensive record speaks for itself this campaign so it's just a matter of who makes the cut there - and with Victor Lindelof's recent form, we feel he is the right man to partner Eric Bailly.
Madrid finished the 2011-12 season as champions and Guardiola, worn out by the constant sniping, stepped down at Camp Nou and would not resurface at Bayern Munich for another year. The game will be decided on how well United are able to resist City's endless waves of attack. Mourinho knows he must try for the win and while he is aware that he is facing the most unsafe attacking team his players will have to deal with all season, he has to take them on and hope that my reservations about Guardiola's defence prove accurate.
The Manchester derby this Sunday is likely to go a long way in determining the outcome of this season's Premier League title race.
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Seven months on City look nearly transcendent, their sublime and devastatingly effective possession football reminiscent of Guardiola's great Barcelona team.
United do believe they have finally got to the root of the hamstring problem which has plagued the France global on and off for the last couple of years. The Frenchman picked up a 3 match suspension against Arsenal last week.
"For a normal home game we would just go from our home to the stadium but before a derby home or away we would stay in a hotel". Questions persist about whether he really controls the midfield as a player of his stature and ability should but Pogba is a master at leading a break and linking the back of the team to the front.
"You want the truth", Mourinho said.
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