Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions.
"People say in my first press conference we are favourites". Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play.
The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more global talent having been recruited during the close-season.
But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.
Sancho had been lined up to join Foden and Brahim in the USA but was left behind after making it clear he wanted to leave the club due to a perceived lack of first-team opportunities.
Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros). We have to deal with that and handle that. We always create more than the opponent.
The City boss says that transfer fees can not continue to grow at the current case and expects them to level off at some point.
He said "we are not going to spend how we spent this season, I assure you that".
"I think Manchester City be right up there challenging for the title", said Hughton.
Guardiola said City's unprecedented levels of spending "was going to finish, it's unsustainable", and that "of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players" each window. But not what happened this summer.
"We needed to do that this summer because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League".
The decision was made in July, before City had played the majority of their pre-season friendlies.
Chelsea have 13 or 14 very good players who will match anyone. It also goes without saying that the player can add value to just about every squad in the world.
"But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them".