Manchester City were beaten 2-0 by Spurs on Saturday, and find themselves twelve points behind Jose Mourinho’s side, who are currently at the top of the table. With just 10 goals scored in eight league games, City have suffered their worst return since managing just six after the same number of matches in 2006-07.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola admitted Mourinho's side deserved to be considered geuine title threats. "They are top of the league. So obviously they are more contenders than anyone else right now," he told a news conference.
"Of course, there are a lot of points to play for, we're eight points down, we have one game less, but there are a lot of teams in front of us. We have to start winning games, if not that will not be possible, we know it. We have to try to win games, we know it.
"In terms of the game, I think we are not far away, but we struggle to score the goals right now, and it is not about particularly for one person or the other one. That is the reality, 10 goals...is not good enough."
Guardiola also added that he believes this may be the most open title race since his arrival in England. "Well, the first year, I remember Chelsea yeah, in the beginning it was so tight, but in the end they take the advantage. The second season, and the third, and the fourth, it was so clear for City two times and Liverpool once," he said.
"This looks like [the most open title race], but again it is nine [sic] games I think we have played so still a lot to play. We will see, you know playing a lot of games this season how it is going to happen. We will see."
The Spaniard echoed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's sentiments, who claimed that there are 'at least eight teams' who can contend for the Premier League title this season.