Manchester City Pep Guardiola conceded the title race is over on Sunday night after locking his players in the dressing room for 50minutes after their defeat at Tottenham, MySportDab reports.
The 2-0 defeat after goals from Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son, leaves Guardiola’s side 22 points behind rivals Liverpool.
And Pep Guardiola has for the first time accepted defeat in their bid to win a third consecutive Premier League title.
When asked if the title race was over, Guardiola said: ‘They are very far away so they are unstoppable. They have many points, we have dropped so many points and also today.
‘Our targets now are to win the remaining competitions and also make sure to qualify for the Champions League next season.’
MySportDab understands Manchester City started the game very dominant before Zinchenko picked up a second yellow card and was sent off, this changed the direction of the game.
However, Guardiola kept his unimpressive players in the away dressing room for over 50 minutes after the defeat which is was clearly unhappy about.
‘No, I was not angry. I just don’t like it when we don’t play good, if we do enough or even fight,’ said Guardiola.
‘When we lose, I don’t stay away from my players because I know them. But we lost the match so we discussed about how to keep going. There’s a lot of matches to play.’
Meanwhile, Tottenham Coach Jose Mourinho was very angry City winger Raheem Sterling escaped a straight red card after a reckless tackle on Dele Alli early in the first half.
The England star caught Alli on the right ankle which left him requiring lengthy treatment before being subbed off in the second half as a result of damage from the tackle.
Jose Mourinho is now facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury to Alli’s ankle.