By Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail
Published: 21:22 GMT, 2 February 2020 | Updated: 21:22 GMT, 2 February 2020
Pep Guardiola conceded the title on Sunday night after locking his players in the dressing room for nearly an hour following their defeat at Tottenham.
The loss, courtesy of Steven Bergwijn's debut goal and Heung-min Son's strike after Manchester City were reduced to 10 men following Oleksandr Zinchenko's red card, leaves Guardiola's side 22 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.
And the Etihad boss has for the first time accepted defeat in their attempts to win a third consecutive title.
Pep Guardiola conceded the title to Liverpool on Sunday night after losing to Tottenham
Guardiola initially nodded when asked if the title race was over before saying: 'They are far away so they are unstoppable. They have a lot of points, we have dropped points quite similar to today.
'Our targets are to win the remaining competitions and qualify for the Champions League next season.'
City were dominant before Zinchenko picked up a second yellow card to change the direction of the game.
Nevertheless, Guardiola kept his crestfallen players in the away dressing room for around 50 minutes after the loss as he held an instant inquest into the defeat.
Jurgen Klopp's side are 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League and remain unbeaten
'No, I was not angry. Normally I don't like it