Despite that setback, just two more wins from their remaining six games will see Guardiola get his hands on the trophy for the first time, regardless of United's final results. They are 10 years into the project at City, maybe a bit longer, and I feel they are into extra time now about whether they should be winning the Champions League.
Guardiola's side arrived at Wembley on the back of three successive defeats, which saw them dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool and miss the chance to seal the Premier League title by beating United.
From the moment Leroy Sane's shot struck the post after just three minutes, it was clear that City were up for the challenge of taking on a Spurs team that were unbeaten in the league since losing at the Etihad in mid-December.
City players were left celebrating the victory across the continent as they had travelled overseas after defeating Spurs on Saturday.
Swansea moved five points ahead of Southampton after drawing with Everton 1-1.
"No forget about performance", he said after the game.
"Bogey, double-bogey, birdie", said Guardiola.
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"And as we know he does not often spend more than three or four seasons at a club, so in what may be his final season, that could be the one that will really define his legacy".
It's for that reason that they beat their rivals again in this mini-league.
It is the fifth time City have been English champions and the third time in the last seven seasons.
UEFA, on its part, will not be fast-tracking VAR for Champions League or Europa League next season.
"Of course it can happen, I assure you".
While it may be premature to place City in that rarified air, they could make a case by breaking the Premier League points record of 95 set by Chelsea in 2004-05. "We conceded goals but the most important detail is not the goal you concede but the chances you concede and in every game it was few and [while] playing so offensively".
How many points would Sergio Aguero et al accrue in this extraordinary league?
Jesus struck in the 22nd minute when he raced onto Vincent Kompany's 60-yard ball and fired home. We can not forget he was out one month injured, he made a huge effort because after the tackle from Ashley Young against United the problem started.