A 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday stretched City's run without a win in all competitions to four games, leaving them 14 points behind the Premier League leaders with eight games remaining.
He said: "In the first Champions League game, especially in attack, against Steaua Bucharest when we won 6-0 (on aggregate). We know we still have a good advantage, but this is the Premier League and you don't want to be giving points away, especially at home", the midfielder said. This season was a lesson for me.
"When you are seven points above the second-placed team with eight games to go, it is normal in the end to win the league", Pochettino told a news conference ahead of his side's clash with Watford on Saturday. You learn about that.
"Getting to the Champions League is so important".
He said: "Normally, that Steaua game would have been 12-0". Many good things have happened here in the last two and a half years. I was happy because the first target was to qualify but after that with the Everton and Middlesbrough games I realised we had to play really, really, really good to win the games. I tried to adapt as much as possible. "The "mind game" is to provide my team with belief and character, which we showed at Swansea [in a 3-1 victory]".
'We created chances but we had problems scoring them and we suffered.
We can bounce back from anything that comes in front of us.
The one time the division was won with 82 points - by Manchester United in 1995-96, its first year with only 20 teams - they had a positive goal difference of 38.
"I was disappointed this week but I saw what we have done to improve".
"We were good but not good enough".
"We have to be honest with ourselves".
"But it's part of our growth".
"I don't know what is necessary to win the league, maybe a bit of luck, but I think this group has massive quality and is very special".
Pep, whose side host Hull today, added: "I've enjoyed the season but we have a lot of attractive things left to fight for".
City also under-achieved in the Champions League, failing to get beyond the last 16, but Guardiola has been pleased with some aspects of the season. "Tottenham's result is important, but our results are the most important things".
"He is a player who has a sense of the goal, arriving in the right tempo in the box".
"I like the way they play".
He said: "Both played good".
With the FA Cup being City's only realistic chance of winning a trophy this term, it is likely to be the worst season of Guardiola's managerial career. "Everybody makes mistakes. But, wow, it [decisions against City] happened a lot".