Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said his side is out of the Premier League title race after a 4-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park.
The former Barcelona manager was dealt the heaviest league defeat of his stellar managerial career.
Everton, managed by Guardiola’s former teammate Ronald Koeman, scored with their first two shots through Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas.
Teenagers Tom Davis and Ademola Lookman, who just signed recently from Charlton Athletic, completed the scoring with their first goals for the Merseyside outfit.
Tom Davis was particularly impressive, repaying his manager’s faith in selecting him. He was given the man of the match award.
Speaking after the game, Pep admitted that his side were out of the Premier League title race. He said the gap between his side and league leaders Chelsea was almost insurmountable.
”The first one is a 10-point gap and that is a lot. The second one is three points, so we have to see, Pep answered.”
”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 analyze how our level was, our performance, the coach, the players. After we are going to decide.”
Questions were asked about the team’s defense, particularly his goalkeeping options. Guardiola insisted the problem was not with his defense but with the team’s failure to score.
”I want us to get better and better and feel we are able to score goals. When that happens we are going to suffer less behind. Our strikers will have more confidence. It is tough for the players. I was a player and understand how tough it is for them right now. We are trying to do absolutely everything. But it’s not the first time it’s happened this season.”
Manchester City will be playing second-placed high-flying Tottenham Hotspur at home next. The north Londoners are on a run of six league wins and will be looking to close the gap between them and league leaders, Chelsea.