According to the Daily Mirror, the former FC Barcelona boss made the decision after the club's slump during the same period last season, when they were beaten 3-2 at home by Crystal Palace before losing to Leicester City four days later. This coming despite leading the club to consecutive Premier League titles with an astounding 198-point haul in the last two campaigns.
"That is why we helped Liverpool to make this step, [to] buy incredible top players and now it is the level you have to reach".
He has found the net in each of his last eight league matches, is averaging a goal every 90 minutes - a career best in the league - and only needs to score in his next three to equal his own record set during their 2015-16 title-winning season.
"People say that now we are not good, but I can not forget what this team has done", said Guardiola.
"But sometimes in a process, in the National Basketball Association or with incredible tennis players, there are problems or periods in the season when you struggle a little bit".
"The players we started the season with we are going to finish with", he said.
"I don't think about Liverpool now - they are too far away".
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But Guardiola has maintained all along that he's happy with the players at his disposal and wouldn't be looking for signings next month - a point he reiterated on Friday.
It seems however Guardiola has a plan to solve these defensive problems and he has identified Laporte's fellow Frenchman Samuel Umtiti as the flawless solution to City's defensive woes this season.
"He added: "(Stones) has a muscular injury, I don't know how long.
"We watched the games with (former manager) Unai (Emery) and the games with Ljunberg and try to figure out what they will do against us", Guardiola said.
"I felt a bit the same when I first came to England and we took 78 points in the first season".
Behind the top three, Tottenham were the big winners in the race for fourth as they snatched a late 2-1 win at Wolves to close to within three points of Chelsea, who suffered another shock home defeat to Bournemouth.
Confirming "no one will be leaving in January", he said: "It's pretty clear we want to keep this squad together. we want to ensure they stay around".