The team is always there, that is my feeling.
City head into the game off the back of successive draws, having also been held by Shakhtar in the Champions League prior to picking up a point on Tyneside, and Guardiola has stressed the important of winning games in a bid to get their title challenge on track.
Earlier this season at Crystal Palace, Guardiola opted to play both Fernandinho and Rodri at centre-back together, despite neither player being a recognised central defender.
Holding midfielder Fernandinho has had to fill the void in the meantime, with Guardiola rotating between Otamendi and Stones to partner the Brazilian.
Despite taking the lead twice at St James' Park through Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, goals from Jetro Willems and Jonjo Shelvey ensured the points were shared as City lost more ground on Liverpool - who would beat Brighton later on Saturday - in the Premier League title race.
Yet Guardiola has no intention of moving the 34-year-old back into his preferred role.
Gundogan will miss Tuesday's clash at Burnley through suspension and record goalscorer Sergio Aguero remains on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
City had 10 points drifting from Liverpool last season before they successfully chased them to win their third consecutive title and Laporte remains convinced that they can do this again, something that Guardiola agrees with. "They have to believe to win tomorrow", he said.
However, facing Burnley at Turf Moor should prove a tough test for most sides in the English top-flight. That is the fact.
"We had 26 shots, not all on target, at Newcastle". "In the situation that we are in, we can not think too much about the [teams] that are in front".
"We have to think about what we have to do to win the games and play quite similar to recent games, like Newcastle and except 20-25 minutes against Chelsea".
PEP It's hard for all the teams (who visit Burnley).
"We will miss his quality but we have other players to replace him", he said.