That said, it's still worth a watch, because it's way more meaningful than the International Champions Cup, or any other drab preseason friendlies that we've been sitting through as we await the start of real football. Chelsea is always a big rival, with Antonio Conte before and with Maurizio too.
Conte and Carlo Ancelotti have shown the difference Italian managers can make in their debut season at Stamford Bridge but Sarri faces the difficulty of a Europa League campaign and improving a mediocre recent record: Chelsea have only won six of their last 16 league games after a year when the majority of players underachieved.
Most of the players who were on duty at the World Cup have now returned to training but Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are still on their post-Russia breaks.
Having consistently lauded Sterling, his importance to his Manchester City team, and the player's potential to improve further still, it is scarcely in doubt that Guardiola would prefer to retain the services of the English global.
Chelsea have lost each of their last two games against Manchester City - they haven't lost three in succession against them since September 2010.
The former Napoli man is key to Maurizio Sarri's style of play and triggers action in the final third with his impeccable passing accuracy - making him the ideal link man from defence to attack.
England reach lunch with Cook the only casualty
Ben Stokes could not continue to convert his start into a big inning as he handed over a simple catch to Ashwin on his bowling. While all the focus was on the James Anderson-Virat Kohli's showdown, this moment could be the second-best moment of the day.
For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury. "He's impressed a lot during pre-season".
Speaking at a press conference the 59-year-old master tactician was asked about Courtois and if he will remain at the club, to which he replied, "Courtois?"
The Italian took over from compatriot Antonio Conte last month after almost wrestling the Serie A title from Juventus with old club Napoli last season.
"Yes, we were close, but in the end Jorginho chose to stay with Sarri", Guardiola said. Manchester United beat them 3-2 in 2011 and Arsenal beat them 3-0 four years ago, two years after City beat this week's opponents 3-2 at Villa Park.
"I'm very happy with David, for his attitude".
Though both teams will not be at full strength, one star set to start for Manchester City will be new signing Riyad Mahrez.