Tottenham Hotpsur manager Mauricio Pochettino admits that the club is effectively out of the Barclays Premier League title race.
A 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion means Spurs are 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, a gap which could increase to 13 if City win Huddersfield on Sunday.
The Argentine was happy with his players’ efforts against Albion, but admits that it leaves them too far behind Pep Guardiola’s side to maintain any hopes of lifting the crown.
“Yes, it’s true now that the gap is 10 points and it’s massive in the Premier League,” he told reporters after the game when asked if his team were out of the race.
The coach continued to BBC Sport: “I think we are disappointed because the effort from us was massive but we conceded the goal so early in the game, and they had the belief to play deep, so it was hard for us to move the ball.
“In the last 15 minutes we increased our level and created a lot of chances to score but we weren’t clinical. It is always difficult in the Premier League when you concede a goal so early, it changes the way the team wants to play.
“We took a lot of risks trying to score and we didn’t concede many chances, they had the chance when they scored and one in the second half. The result is 1-1 and I’m disappointed because we lose two points. Now, we need to look forward now and try to win the next game.”