Guardiola was delighted to be able to call on Mahrez as he revealed Silva, a star of last season's title success, was left on the bench due to "little muscular problems".
"When I said that second position the previous season (2017-18) was one of my biggest achievements in football I was not having fun with the words", he said. Now when your team score, you will celebrate but perhaps have one eye on the referee and his assistants just in case. I think this is a massive game for the confidence of the squad, and the Irons will want to start picking up points as soon as possible.
"On the first day he played as a striker and for me striker will be an incredible position for him".
The Homes Under the Hammer presenter would go on to become joint top-scorer of the Premier League alongside Michael Owen and Chris Sutton that season, scoring an impressive 18 goals in 36 appearances.
I am confident that West Ham will turn up this Saturday and put in a performance that we can all be proud of. That is the truth. We know who's won before the season starts, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. Tottenham will look to the likes of Son and Lucas to provide creativity through speed but I see them struggling against a well-organized defense.
City will be gunning for a third successive title success this term, while also competing for silverware across European and domestic cup competitions.
City's Premier League campaign got off to the ideal start on Saturday with a 5-0 win away at West Ham.
West Ham rarely looked convincing.
"You can't get frustrated".
"They're incredibly talented players but they need the group". They lose the ball and bang, they go straight away.
"Every time that we tried to arrive to their box, they committed 13 fouls".
It is about time they got an easier game to begin with, but it is the next two or three that are winnable and West Ham must bounce back quickly.