City hit humiliated Chelsea for six to go top


Manchester – Sergio
grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City scored four times inside
25 minutes to thrash Chelsea 6-0 and leapfrog Liverpool again to top
spot in the Premier League on goal difference on Sunday.

Aguero should have had even more than three as the Argentine missed a
glorious early chance and hit the bar in the second-half in a
humiliating afternoon for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

Raheem Sterling started and ended the scoring and Ilkay Gundogan also
netted in the first quarter of the game as City ended what could have
been a testing week with a trip to Everton in between the visits of
Arsenal and Chelsea with maximum points.

Jurgen Klopp’s men maintain the advantage of a game in hand, but
handed a reprieve by Liverpool’s draws against Leicester and West Ham in
recent weeks, City look determined to become the first side in a decade
to retain the Premier League.

Chelsea on the other hand slip to sixth with the scale of the defeat sure to raise further doubts over Sarri’s future.

A 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last away game was Chelsea’s heaviest league defeat since 1996.

And this was their worst loss in any competition since 1991 after failing to recover from Sterling’s fourth-minute opener.

Eden Hazard went to sleep from Kevin de Bruyne’s quickly taken
free-kick and Bernardo Silva had acres of space to cross for the England
international to fire home.

Pep Guardiola had described this match as a “final” for his side
given that Chelsea had a week to prepare, while City ground out a 2-0
win at Everton on Wednesday.

Guardiola fell to the floor in exasperation when Aguero somehow
side-footed wide with his easiest chance of the game moments later.

But the Catalan coach need not have worried that would prove a costly
miss as Aguero made amends in stunning fashion by blasting into the top
corner from 25 yards to double City’s after just 13 minutes.

Aguero had a simple task to make it 3-0 six minutes later when he pounced on Ross Barkley’s slack header towards his own goal.

And Gundogan’s shot from the edge of the area then had too much power
for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to compound
Chelsea’s woes.

Such was the defensive collapse at the other end, Gonzalo Higuain had
little chance to shine but the Argentine striker was unfortunate not to
score his third goal in as many league starts for Chelsea when Ederson
turned over his dipping volley five minutes before the break.

That was as much of a response as Chelsea mustered, though, and it
only got worse for Sarri’s chances of keeping his job in the second

Aguero missed his first chance to seal a second hat-trick in two games when he headed against the crossbar.

But when Sterling was too quick for Cesar Azpilicueta and chopped
down by the Spaniard inside the area, Aguero coolly slotted home from
the penalty spot to move level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the
Premier League’s top scorer on 17 for the season.

Even after Aguero went off to a standing ovation, City’s strength in
depth shone through as Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and David Silva came
off the bench.

And Silva’s pass opened the visitors up again for the sixth as he
picked out Oleksandr Zinchenko who crossed for Sterling to tap home.

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