Gabriel, who is in his third season at City, still finds himself playing understudy to Sergio Aguero, who remains Guardiola's first-choice striker.
“He's special," said Guardolia. “I saw the interview he did and it was perfect. No problem.
“Of course he wants to play. He's the No.9 for Brazil. I understand completely.
“All the players want to play all the games. It's normal. No player will be happy if they don't play regularly. He's happy when he plays, not happy when he doesn't.
“They have different qualities. Sergio is one of the most outstanding players I've seen in the small spaces. But I try to let them both play as much as possible. There are little details that make the difference.
“In some games, Gabriel gives me something Sergio can't – and also the other way around.
“But both guys are incredible. Sergio is one of the nicest people I've ever met, a top player, a legend, incredibly humble and a funny guy.
“They're upset if they don't play, of course. How can they be happy? It's impossible. All I can say is that I'm sorry.