Sergio Aguero used to be Manchester City’s hat-trick hero but again as they returned to the high of the Premier League in scintillating type by outclassing Chelsea at Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool’s purchase against Bournemouth intended Pep Guardiola’s aspect wanted victory to contrivance wait on to the summit, albeit having performed one sport more.
And their job used to be carried out after a sensational opening burst introduced four targets within the first 25 minutes as Chelsea were left bedraggled, humiliated and on the receiving stop of their worst defeat since they misplaced 7-0 at Nottingham Forest in April 1991.
The rout began after four minutes when Chelsea were caught snoozing by Kevin De Bruyne’s instant free-kick which left Raheem Sterling to fireplace in on the far put up ahead of Aguero, who had already overlooked an commence goal, curled a swish appropriate-foot dwell previous the stretching Kepa Arrizabalaga from 25 yards.
Chelsea’s embarrassment used to be symbolised by Ross Barkley’s inexplicable header straight to the feet of Aguero to poach his 2d and Ilkay Gundogan capped that early blitz with a low pressure.
Aguero achieved his hat-trick from the penalty space after 56 minutes following Cesar Azpilicueta’s contemptible on Sterling, his 15th treble for City and a file-equalling 11th within the Premier League, an honour he shares with Alan Shearer. It used to be also his 2d in successive house games after his hat-trick within the three-1 purchase against Arsenal.
Sterling then piled on the agony for Chelsea with the sixth, turning in from six yards after David Silva’s threaded breeze launched Oleksandr Zinchenko down the left.
|Most Premier League hat-tricks|
|11||Sergio Aguero, Alan Shearer|
|8||Michael Owen, Harry Kane, Thierry Henry|
Man City’s supreme response
If Liverpool answered questions with their purchase over Bournemouth, City’s response right here – and within the closing week – has been blueprint more emphatic.
Guardiola’s reigning champions confronted a key week after their shock loss at Newcastle United with potentially perilous house games against Arsenal and Chelsea, and a re-organized time out to Everton.
City made gentle of any dangers, breezing previous Arsenal and overcoming stubborn Everton ahead of wiping out Chelsea with a efficiency that after in a while touched perfection, especially within the hole half.
Liverpool mute personal a sport in hand however City personal made up most of that misplaced floor and this used to be a resounding message that they’ll also no longer be handing over the title.
Chelsea, regarded as one of the considerable groups to beat City this season, were dismissed with the minimal of fuss and the momentum City perceived to personal misplaced on Tyneside is wait on within the most rampant vogue.
And, into the good buy, they’ve given a wide enhance to what can even simply but be a decisive goal difference equation.
Sarri ball becomes sorry ball
If Maurizio Sarri thought his lowest point had contrivance with the 2d-half of capitulation within the 4-0 loss at Bournemouth, the Chelsea boss must now be revising his understanding.
Chelsea can even simply no longer personal regarded themselves as title opponents to City over the general season however this used to be a harrowing illustration of the sizzling chasm between the 2 sides and made for anxious viewing for the Italian.
Sarri’s methodology has no longer carried Chelsea ahead in most trendy weeks and the problem for him will likely be that owner Roman Abramovich will no longer admire the ogle of this efficiency or the margin of defeat – and in all likelihood more very much the reality they are now sixth and at risk of no longer making the high four and Champions League qualification.
Chelsea’s efficiency used to be characterised by the defensive mess and entire swap off for the hole goal and the hapless Barkley’s header straight to Aguero for City’s third.
N’Golo Kante is wasted anywhere as adverse to as arguably the sector’s finest keeping midfielder while Jorginho (who ended up selecting Chelsea quite than City) is a participant whose have an effect on decreases by the week.
Eden Hazard used to be tireless and Gonzalo Higuain used to be willing to shoot on explore – however they were dreadfully served in a Chelsea efficiency which used to be a entire mess.
A wide number that may very much misfortune Sarri and Abramovich.
Man of the match – Sergio Aguero
‘All I will manufacture is apologise’ – What they stated…
Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola: “To ranking six against Chelsea and the blueprint we performed, we had so noteworthy attention. We did it, or no longer it’s a extra special praise to the gamers, they are outstanding.
“We spoke this morning, we expert space pieces, expert some actions and I never thought we would perchance perchance ranking this quantity of targets.”
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “It is regarded as one of the considerable worst nights in my career. It is subtle to present what came about.
“The first 5 or six minutes went successfully however that is no longer ample. We are conceding quite a pair of targets and we can not ranking that.
“All I will manufacture is apologise to the fans attributable to it’s no longer acceptable.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: “My feeling this week used to be in actuality appropriate. It used to be appropriate all over coaching and the technical assembly and the heat-up. The goal after three minutes made it very subtle to play against these opponents, who performed noteworthy soccer.
“The inducement this day used to be appropriate. We weren’t ready to assign within the match and react later.”
Chelsea’s unwanted records – Key stats
- Sergio Aguero has scored eight Premier League targets for Man City in 2019 – double that of any other participant within the competition and bigger than 11 other Premier League clubs personal managed, in conjunction with Chelsea (seven).
- Chelsea conceded four targets in consecutive away high-flight fits for the first time since December 1990.
- Top doubtless Fulham (15) personal conceded more Premier League targets all over 2019 than Chelsea (13).
- Manchester City grew to vary into the first high-flight group since Tottenham Hotspur in December 1965 to ranking bigger than as soon as in 15 consecutive house league fits.
Chelsea shuttle to Swedish aspect Malmo within the Europa League on Thursday (20:00 GMT), while Manchester City turn their attention to Newport County in an FA Cup tie subsequent Saturday (17:30 GMT).