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Pep Guardiola believes Tottenham are Premier League title contenders but the Manchester City manager believes this could be the most open title race since arriving in England.

City suffered a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham on Saturday. This puts them in eleventh place in the table, eight points behind leaders Spurs, but played one game less.

With just 10 goals in eight league games, this is City’s worst return since managing just six after the same number of games in the 2006/07 season.

Guardiola said Jose Mourinho’s Spurs deserved to be seen as a title threat as he criticized his team’s lack of goals.

“You are the front runner. Obviously, they are currently more competitors than anyone else, “he said at a press conference.

“Of course there are a lot of points to play, we are eight points less, we have one game less, but there are many teams ahead of us. We have to start winning games, if that is not possible we know. We have to try to win games, we know.

“As for the game, I think we’re not that far, but we’re having a hard time scoring the goals right now and it’s not about one person or the other specifically. That’s the reality, 10 goals. . . is not good enough. “

Since arriving in City in 2016, Guardiola has helped the club win two Premier League titles – with 19 points in 2017-18 and one in the following campaign.

The other two were won by Chelsea with seven points in the 2016-17 season and Liverpool last season with 18.

Guardiola believes this could be the most open title race since arriving in England. Spurs is just five points ahead of sixth-placed Aston Villa.

“Well the first year I remember Chelsea, yes it was so tight in the beginning but in the end they take advantage of it. In the second, third and fourth seasons it was twice as clear for City and once for Liverpool, “he said.

“This looks like [the most open title race], but it’s back to nine games that I think we’ve played so much more.

“We’ll see, you know, there are a lot of games this season as it is going to happen. We will see. “

City’s return of 12 points from eight games is the lowest this phase of a Premier League campaign since 2008-09 when they earned 10 points.

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