'A million miles away': Paul Merson offers scathing remark about Tottenham Hotspur

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City on Saturday.

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur look dejected after Manchester City score there second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham...

Pundit Paul Merson has told talkSPORT that he thinks Tottenham Hotspur are 'a million miles away' from Manchester City after Saturday's encounter between the two sides.

Spurs went into the game having gone 14 Premier League games unbeaten, with their last defeat coming in the 4-1 thrashing at Manchester City back in December.

The visit of Pep Guardiola's side to Wembley Stadium handed Spurs a chance at revenge, but a Gabriel Jesus strike and a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan had City in a 2-0 lead.

Christian Eriksen did haul Spurs back into the game, but Raheem Sterling rounded off a 3-1 win, giving City their just rewards for a dominant performance.

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

That win, coupled with Manchester United's shock home defeat to West Bromwich Albion, meant that City were confirmed as Premier League champions on Sunday, losing just two games on their way to the title.

The challenge for Spurs is now to close the gap to City next season, both over the course of the season and in direct games against Guardiola's men, in the hope of pursuing the Premier League title.

However, pundit Paul Merson has now told talkSPORT that he thinks City are deserved champions having been consistently excellent this term, and added that he thinks Tottenham are 'a million miles away' from City having come up short against them on Saturday.

“I think [they were] far better – over a consistent time,” said Merson. “I think Liverpool have got the potential if they go out and spend reasonably big in the summer – then they might have a chance – but you look at Tottenham…if I was a Tottenham player, I would have looked at that and thought: ‘wow, we’re a million miles away’. Man United yesterday were bordering on atrocious, so I think Man City next season will take all the beating again,” he added.

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