The Baggies fell 3-2 to the table leaders on Saturday.
“There are a lot of things they have to overcome,” said Pulis. “It’ s not in the bag yet – there’s a lot to play for.
“The team across the road will be thinking that. Then there’s Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham. There are six outstanding teams. You only have to look at the results in Europe to see how outstanding those teams are and the results against top teams in Europe.
“City are certainly one of the main contenders, but it’s a long season. They’re in all the cup competitions. They’ve got to be fortunate with injuries and the bounce of the ball.”