Pep Guardiola channeled his inner Jose Mourinho and declared himself the exceptional one.

But the Manchester City manager is still refusing to guarantee success at the Etihad.

Guardiola has been at pains to manage expectations ever since his appointment last summer.

At his grand unveiling in front of 5000 fans last July he immediately dashed any hopes of luring Lionel Messi away from Barcelona.

A few days later he met the English press for the first time and was quick to dispel any suggestion he could work miracles at City.