The Bayern Munich coach is preparing for his Bundesliga debut against Borussia Monchengladbach aware that he has become the main attraction following his arrival from Barcelona, but insisting that the real stars of the show are on the field.
They demonstrated that to great effect last season by winning an unprecedented Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble under Jupp Heynckes and Guardiola is hoping for more of the same at the Allianz Arena.
"I am not the best coach in the world, I was coach of the best team in the world," said the Catalan.
"We had a great performance for a long time, but a coach is dependent on his players. It's not important how good I am.
"What matters is that I'm able to get my ideas across to my players. It's important that the players trust me.
"I just like to convince my players and support them in showing their qualities. That is my aim, that is what I am focused on."
Guardiola has asked for patience as he tries to get his team playing the way he expects football to be played, although he knows he won't be shown any mercy if he gets things wrong.
"Of course I knew before I got here that I had to win," he said at a press conference. "If we lose, I will be criticised.
"I've got to accept that, otherwise I would have been better off staying in New York."
Gladbach may be excused for feeling they would be better off staying at home too, although they have no intention of accepting defeat before the game has even started.
"It's fantastic that we open our season at FC Bayern," said coach Lucien Favre. "We're looking forward to this game, even if we know we face a difficult task."
In view of a 5-1 defeat to Bayern in a pre-season friendly Favre's optimism is even harder to justify, but that result doesn't bear any influence on Friday night's game.
"It was only a friendly and you can't read too much into that," said the Swiss at a press conference.
"We made big mistakes in that game which are really easy to correct."