Burnley are seventh in the standings, well above expectations for a team with one of the smallest budgets in the league, and they stuck at the task despite City outplaying them for large stretches of the game.
City controlled the flow of play from the onset, but for all their pressure they struggled to break down a resilient Burnley defence early on.
Guardiola has a number of options on the bench to turn to if he needs to try to change the course of the game, with options including Yaya Toure and new signing Aymeric Laporte.
Sterling was substituted three minutes after missing from point-blank range with the goal at his mercy but Guardiola said the error was not behind his decision. No, it is football. The 24-year-old brilliantly kept out Ben Mee's first-half volley and then went one better to tip Aaron Lennon's powerful shot onto the bar in the second half. That is football. That can happen. Next day he is going to score.
"It was not just Raheem, it was a lot". He's an absolutely incredible manager, the work that he has done with this team is unbelievable, and the team performance is absolutely outstanding, it really is.
#PEP: We played good.
City have endured a hectic season having progressed to the Champions League last 16, the FA Cup fifth round and the League Cup final apart from dominating the league and Guardiola said he would rest his players following the Burnley game.
"There's one thing you know when you play Burnley, they're well-organised and well-disciplined".
"Rather than saying in an interview "I haven't got the players", he could say he's brought a young player from the youth team who has been wonderful this season". I thought we handled every game against Burnley so far well.