Man City knew that a point at Estadio do Dragao would see them finish Group C winners with a potentially easier draw in the last 16. Although they failed to score, Man City also retained a fourth successive European clean sheet.
With the Champions League round of 16 only taking place in February, Guardiola’s attention will now turn to a stammering Premier League campaign, with Man City currently in 11th place, six points behind leaders Tottenham.
Talk to BT Sport after the draw Guardiola said: “Incredible congratulations to the team for this group stage… We have played amazingly well. We didn’t concede a corner or a shot on target in Europe against Porto, who alongside Benfica are the best team in Portugal with an incredibly physical side.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t score but we created chances with set pieces and actions and all of the players were fantastic, starting with Edie (Ederson) and ending with Phil.
“We came here to finish first, we played for a win [against Porto], we deserved to win but in football, deserved or not deserved are just false words. In the end, the results dictate everything but we played to win the game.
“The shots, maybe not all on target, but we were there all the time. It’s tough with eight or nine players defending in the box, defending crosses and all… Now we can concentrate 100% in the Premier League. ”
Man City face Marseille in their final group game next week and Guardiola has already hinted that he will ring the changes again, having already made seven for the trip to Porto.
He added to BT Sport: “Against Marseille, we can play in different ways or with different people or whatever, which is good for us. ”
The chance for mass rotation comes at the perfect time in the Premier League. Man City face Fulham this weekend before facing Manchester United on Saturday 12 December, live on Sky Sports.
Guardiola said at a press conference: “I am more than happy with the performance of these games. We have one – nothing to play with. [for], just keep up the pace.
“It’s a day to be happy. Now is the time to put the Champions League aside until February and focus on the Premier League. ”