Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has conceded that his team re out of the Premier League title race after a 4-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park
City are now 10 points behind leaders Chelsea after defeat on Merseyside – the heaviest league loss in Guardiola’s managerial career.
Asked if the gap was too great, he said: “Yes. Ten is a lot of points.”
Guardiola, 45, has told his players to unite “in the bad moments” and “forget the table” until the end of the season.
He added: “At the end of the season, we our going to evaluate our level and how our performance was, how the coach was, how the players were. After that we are going to decide.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss insisted he was “so happy in Manchester” despite his side sitting fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
City are the only team in the Premier League to have over 50% of possession in every game this season but they have now conceded from the first shot they have faced in four of their last seven games.
Guardiola added: “I said to the players be positive because you made some fantastic things during the season and for many reasons we didn’t get what I think we deserved.
“In the bad moments we have to be close. It’s awful for my players. We created chances but don’t score and when they have a chance, they punish us.”
Everton scored with their first two shots through Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, with Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman completing the rout.