Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has conceded his teams Premier League title hopes are over for another year.
City, who have spent more money than anyone in the last two years still dream of landing the biggest prize in English football, but their wait will go on.
City’s 1-1 draw at home to Fulham on Sunday say them drop 10 points behind rivals Manchester United, and Barry knows that is just too big of a gap to claw back.
Having played an extra game than United, Barry had to concede that the title is now out of their reach.
He said: “It was strange. The atmosphere wasn’t really there. Everybody seemed to be waiting for everybody else to do something.
“Once we got the goal, I thought it would kick-start us and we would go and get another one.
“But then they scored and we found it difficult to break them down.
“If you are going to challenge for the title, you have to win games like this at home.”
City sit third and look good for a top four finish and Champions League football next season, and are well placed in the FA Cup and Europa League.
Barry added: “The cup competitions have been important to us all season, although fourth spot in the league is our main target.”