Manchester City are no longer in the hunt for the Premier League title, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard, who won six league titles across spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, made the admission after his team were beaten 4-0 by Everton on Sunday afternoon.
The North-West team have now recorded four league defeats in their last eight games, and currently sit fifth in the table, 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 21 games.
On a personal note for Guardiola, the result against Everton was his worst ever league defeat as a manager.
The misery for City began just after the half-hour mark at Goodison Park when Romelu Lukaku put Everton ahead, and then Kevin Mirallas doubled the Merseyside outfit’s lead 13 minutes later.
City failed to turn it around and they were humiliated further when Toffees youngster Tom Davies and January signing Ademola Lookman added to the scoreline.
After the match, when asked if the title race is over for City, Guardiola told reporters:
“The first one (first place), yeah. The first one is a 10-point gap and that is a lot of course. The second one is three points, so we have to see. I spoke with the players for the last three weeks to forget about the table.
“Focus on the next game and do our best. After that, at the end of the season, we’ll analyse how our level was, our performance, the coach, the players. After we are going to decide.”