BRITAIN SOCCER ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
After Manchester City failed to cut into Liverpool's record 22-point lead by losing 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Pep Guardiola's mind turned back to 2018 and irritation at comments from the Premier League leadership.
Guardiola's team winning the league by 19 points prompted Richard Scudamore to express a desire for "someone to get a little bit closer to Manchester City" while also praising the team's excellence.
Scudamore is no longer running the league.
Guardiola wonders if the competition bosses are fine with a lead so commanding that Liverpool are in line to seal the title in March with two months of the season remaining.
"An owner from the Premier League said that cannot happen again, so it's not good for the Premier League (that) City win the title in that way with 100 points," Guardiola said, without naming Scudamore.
"So now it's Liverpool you have to be concerned, the owner of the Premier League."
Defeat at Spurs was City's six losses this season, putting Liverpool on a clear path to ending a 30-year championship drought.
Second-placed City dominated their hosts before Oleksandr Zinchenko's push on Harry Winks to halt a counter attack resulted in the left-back's second yellow card and send off on 60 minutes.
Within three minutes, Tottenham took advantage of the extra man to take the lead with a fine volleyed goal from Steven Bergwijn on his debut.
Summer record-signing Tanguy Ndombele created the second for Son Heung-min, who struck past goalkeeper Ederson in the 71st minute.
"I don't think we collapsed," Guardiola said. "This team is built to do something and play in a certain way.
"Ten against 11 after the chances we missed in this game. Still I think we were there."
It would have been easier had Ilkay Gundogan not had his first-half penalty saved by Hugo Lloris - the spot kick awarded in controversial circumstances while City felt they should have had another when the Spurs goalkeeper collided with Raheem Sterling on the rebound.
Jose Mourinho's Spurs are within four points of Chelsea and the fourth Champions League place.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are 10th place after being held 0-0 at Burnley to only remain ahead of their hosts on goal difference.
The Gunners are without a win since New Year's Day and manager Mikel Arteta wasn't happy with the surface at Turf Moor.
"That's not a very helpful thing to play football," Arteta tsaid.
"(Burnley) do what they do really well, and you are allowed to do it so we have to react to that.
"In some moments it wasn't the grass - it was their quality and what they do really well, and we could not do it in the right way."