Chelsea responded by securing a massive three points against Manchester City on Wednesday night while Spurs nearly dropped points at Swansea, if it wasn't for a last minute glut of goals.
"I know this manager when he was in Greece (with Olympiakos) and playing Champions League football and I was in Bayern Munich", Guardiola told a news conference yesterday. "It was a lesson for me this season", he said ahead of City's clash with Hull City on Saturday.
However it should be pointed out that last season is one of only two in the past 15 years where 82 points would've left you Champions, the other being the 2010-11 campaign.
"It can happen. You learn about that". [I noticed it] in the first game in the Champions League against Steaua Bucharest.
"Normally, that [Steaua ] game would be 12-0". We missed two penalties and so many chances.
"After that in the Everton game, Middlesbrough and these type of games". I liked the way they played when we were there and now they have players with a lot of talent in the way they want to play.
"But when that happened we didn't win three or four different games".
'We created chances but we had problems scoring them and we suffered. "How many times they shot in our goal? I did and I think we will be better". We have to work harder and better to minimise these kind of things and the way we play, especially in the big games, we were good but not good enough.
'We have to be honest with ourselves, we were not good enough to compete for the Premier League'.
"Maybe that is what I should do in advance - correct that - but it is part of our growth".
That's why I like a little bit and enjoy this year but we have a lot of attractive things left to fight for this season.
City could still salvage the season by winning the FA Cup - otherwise it will be his first campaign without silverware.
Tottenham Hotspur's results really are something to write home about, especially when compared to previous Premier League seasons.
"He is a player who has a sense of the goal, arriving in the right tempo in the box". I was disappointed with what happened after the game [at Chelsea on Wednesday] but I immediately saw what we have done to improve.
"I like the way they play".
Guardiola added that City will put all their energy into securing a place in next season's Champions League by finishing in the top four.
"The mistakes are not just against us, the mistakes are against everybody", said the former Barca boss, who called for a summit with referee chief Mike Riley following the 1-1 draw with Liverpool last month.