"Kyle Walker trained just two training sessions", Guardiola said.
Other than missing out on the aforementioned Jorginho signature (arguably understandable now given the managerial switch at Stamford Bridge), Manchester City aren't experiencing anywhere near the level of transfer turmoil of their rivals.
The FA Cup winners play the Premier League Champions in the traditional season-opener on Sunday and Steve Rawlings fancies the outsiders are the value.
"I think it's a long way, we have to work". We are trying to find maybe one more.
Inspired by Aguero, City could have won by five but they settled for one more in the 58th minute.
He added: "It was more than 30 degrees - it's so demanding, but we did it so well". Often he needs time for his physical condition. "But he arrived so sharp, so good", Guardiola told a news conference.
Youngster Phil Foden gets a run out in midfield alongside Fernandinho, with Ederson, Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus among the substitutes. In addition, City have spent a club-record £60 million on Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, a player who could be a natural long-term replacement for Sterling.
City's 18-year-old midfielder has always been tipped for stardom and Guardiola believes the England Under-17 World Cup victor is on the brink of a breakthrough campaign.
Guardiola praised the desire of some of his players with many only just coming back to training this week but playing a full 90 minutes in sweltering conditions. "He did really well", Guardiola said.
Jorginho, a Brazilian-born Italy worldwide, is a deep-lying midfield playmaker who had more touches per minute for Napoli than any player in Europe's top five leagues last season.
"We were not in control of the match".
As Sarri faced the media in Dublin on Wednesday after Chelsea's pre-season clash against Arsenal, he alarmingly admitted his team were "not physically prepared for the new season" before he addressed the question marks hovering over a host of star names. Callum Hudson-Odoi looked most risky for Chelsea, but the Blues missed N'Golo Kante in midfield and struggled to create opportunities in the final third of the pitch. It's unclear if they will play for Chelsea again, with the duo linked with moves to Real Madrid. "It's not very easy". "I want to congratulate the Chelsea players for they did the same effort like us", the Spaniard reflected after the game.