"We can not compare - they have so many trophies, so many Champions League finals, but that was the objective - to come to City, to put United in the shadow although it would be hard".
City's fans cheered as each of the player's names was belted out over the loudspeaker, and the biggest roar of all was reserved for the team's forgotten man this season.
Following a surprise 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town on Sunday, maximum points from their final two games, at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday (today) and away at Southampton, would ensure the champions finish on exactly 100 points.
Toure joined the Premier League club from FC Barcelona back in 2010, and has managed to lift eight trophies during his stay at the Etihad - three league titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup and one Community Shield. It might even be his 230th and final league appearance for City.
Guardiola added on his plans, with there plenty of familiar faces around him at the Etihad: "They are friends of mine - Ferran [Soriano], Txiki [Begeristain] and Khaldoon [Al Mubarak] - and we have time to talk fluently about what is best for the club and us". To come to the game, they had such confidence, they thought they were going to beat us.
"It's a big occasion".
With three Premier League titles, two EFL Cups and the 2011 FA Cup, when he scored the only goal in both the semi-final and the final, he has confirmed his status as a club legend.
"I love the challenge and the difficulty".
Pressed for an update on his future ahead of a midweek meeting with Brighton, the 47-year-old said: "I have one more year - and next year I will be here".
However, Guardiola always valued Toure's influence as a player, on and off the field. Two more goals would also see City's total for the season surpass Chelsea's record of 2009-10, when Drogba spearheaded a tally of 103.
"He is loved in the locker room", Guardiola said.
We knew it would be hard but beating them in the FA Cup semi-final that season was a big part of it.