Manchester City were without doubt the biggest losers in the race for Premier League title at the week — and are now out of for chase for the honour, so says coach Pep Guardiola.
City slumped to a shock 4-0 thumping at the hands of Everton and they are now 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
The reverse on Merseyside was the heaviest league defeat in Guardiola’s long and distinguished managerial career.
And when quizzed on City’s hopes of landing the silverware come the end of the campaign, he didn’t mince his words.
“Yes. Ten is a lot of points. At the end of the season, we are going to evaluate our level and how our performance was, how the coach was, how the players were. After that we are going to have to decide.”
It doesn’t get any easier for City next time of asking, either — they host high-flying Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men cruised to a 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, with Harry Kane grabbing a hat-trick and an own goal.
Leaders Chelsea kept up their fine form with a 3-0 trouncing of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, thanks largely to two goals from Marco Alonso and one from Pedro. The Blues host Hull City next Sunday as they bid to extend their seven-point advantage over Spurs.
Third-placed Liverpool and Manchester United, sitting sixth, fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in a game which, ultimately, both Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho will look upon as a game in which they dropped points.
James Milner opened the scoring from the spot for the Reds before a late leveller from Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it honours even.
Arsenal, in fourth spot, enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win at Swansea with a goal each from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez — sandwiched in between were two own goals both of which came from Alex Iwobi shots.