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Pep Guardiola accepts gap to Chelsea is now too big

Guardiola suffered the biggest league defeat of his managerial career at Everton. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola accepts the title could be out of reach after his Manchester City side crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Everton.

City were left 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after capitulating alarmingly in the latter stages at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The loss was the heaviest suffered by former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola in domestic football in his managerial career, and a league crown in his first year at City could be beyond him.

Asked if the gap to the top was now too great, Guardiola said: "By the first one? Yes. Ten points is a lot of points. The second one is three points. We have to see.

"I spoke with my players in the last three weeks or more, (and said), 'Forget about the table, focus on the next game and try to do our best to win'.

"After that, 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."

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