"In my era we had very physical teams that might have on a awful day in November or December, on a boggy pitch, on a surface that wasn't quite so great, you might have been able to intimidate a very good team", Townsend said.
This means that De Bruyne will miss at least six matches, including the much anticipated clash against across city rival Manchester United.
He said: "I said many times to the players - the guy who doesn't run for his mate, who doesn't run with desire to regain the ball to play, with me (he has) no chance".
The former Liverpool player's current arrangement expires at the end of next season but there were reports last week that he had verbally agreed a new deal after months of talks.
However, they got an almighty helping hand by referee Viktor Kassai in their Champions League clash against Shakhtar on Wednesday night. "It's fun to play with this team".
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'HOW on earth do you go about stopping them?' I can only say, again, thank you and sorry to the supporters and sorry to Southampton Football Club.
"He always commits the central defender with a lot of aggression".
"We're going to try to help him". That is a good signal to attack better. Do you try and just stay very solid and sit?
Guardiola expects all players to buy into this philosophy.
David Silva's through ball appeared to be going out of play but Aguero showed impressive persistence to chase and pull it back for Sterling who, first miskicked but then shot past Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy from six yards.
"In the first 10 to 15 minutes of any game you have to be stronger than we were in that period".
Guardiola is pleased with the make-up of his squad and is not planning many more major signings in the near future. "We have got players here that are being ruthless at the moment and long may it continue".