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Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea: Sergio Aguero scores hat-trick as City top Premier League

Aguero equalled the record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks
Aguero equalled the record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks

Sergio Aguero was Manchester City's hat-trick hero again as they returned to the top of the Premier League in scintillating style by outclassing Chelsea at Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool's win against Bournemouth meant Pep Guardiola's side needed victory to return to the summit, albeit having played one game more.

And their job was done after a sensational opening burst brought four goals in the first 25 minutes as Chelsea were left bedraggled, humiliated and on the receiving end of their worst defeat since they lost 7-0 at Nottingham Forest in April 1991.

The rout started after four minutes when Chelsea were caught napping by Kevin De Bruyne's quick free-kick which left Raheem Sterling to fire in at the far post before Aguero, who had already missed an open goal, curled a magnificent right-foot finish past the stretching Kepa Arrizabalaga from 25 yards.

Chelsea's embarrassment was symbolised by Ross Barkley's inexplicable header straight to the feet of Aguero to poach his second and Ilkay Gundogan capped that early blitz with a low drive.

Aguero completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after 56 minutes following Cesar Azpilicueta's foul on Sterling, his 15th treble for City and a record-equalling 11th in the Premier League, an honour he shares with Alan Shearer. It was also his second in successive home games after his hat-trick in the 3-1 win against Arsenal.

Sterling then piled on the agony for Chelsea with the sixth, turning in from six yards after David Silva's threaded pass released Oleksandr Zinchenko down the left.

Most Premier League hat-tricks
11Sergio Aguero, Alan Shearer
9Robbie Fowler
8Michael Owen, Harry Kane, Thierry Henry
7Wayne Rooney
6Luis Suarez

Man City's perfect response

If Liverpool answered questions with their win over Bournemouth, City's response here - and in the last week - has been even more emphatic.

Guardiola's reigning champions faced a key week after their shock loss at Newcastle United with potentially hazardous home games against Arsenal and Chelsea, and a re-arranged trip to Everton.

City made light of any dangers, breezing past Arsenal and overcoming stubborn Everton before wiping out Chelsea with a performance that occasionally touched perfection, especially in the opening phase.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could not keep out Aguero's pin-point strike from distance to make it 2-0
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could not keep out Aguero's pin-point strike from distance to make it 2-0

Liverpool still have a game in hand but City have made up most of that lost ground and this was a resounding message that they will not be handing over the title.

Chelsea, one of the teams to conquer City this season, were dismissed with the minimum of fuss and the momentum City appeared to have lost on Tyneside is back in the most rampant fashion.

And, into the bargain, they have given a huge boost to what may yet be a decisive goal difference equation.

Sarri ball becomes sorry ball

Aguero hooked his second goal home after Ross Barkley headed the bal back into his own penalty area
Aguero hooked his second goal home after Ross Barkley headed the ball back into his own penalty area

If Maurizio Sarri thought his lowest point had come with the second-half capitulation in the 4-0 loss at Bournemouth, the Chelsea boss must now be revising his opinion.

Chelsea may not have regarded themselves as title rivals to City over the whole season but this was a harrowing illustration of the current chasm between the two sides and made for disturbing viewing for the Italian.

Sarri's approach has not carried Chelsea forward in recent weeks and the concern for him will be that owner Roman Abramovich will not like the look of this performance or the margin of defeat - and perhaps more significantly the fact they are now sixth and in danger of not making the top four and Champions League qualification.

Chelsea's performance was characterised by the defensive mess and complete switch off for the opening goal and the hapless Barkley's header straight to Aguero for City's third.

N'Golo Kante is wasted anywhere other than as arguably the world's finest holding midfielder while Jorginho (who ended up choosing Chelsea rather than City) is a player whose influence decreases by the week.

Eden Hazard was tireless and Gonzalo Higuain was willing to shoot on sight - but they were dreadfully served in a Chelsea performance which was a complete mess.

A mess that will greatly worry Sarri and Abramovich.

Man of the match - Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero continues to set records and he walked off with the match ball. He could have had more, hitting the bar with a header in the second half and missing a glaring chance early on. His work rate was obvious, completing 10 high-intensity sprints in the 65 minutes he was on the pitch. Only four players bettered the figure, all of whom played the entire match.
Sergio Aguero continues to set records and he walked off with the match ball. He could have had more, hitting the bar with a header in the second half and missing a glaring chance early on. His work rate was obvious, completing 10 high-intensity sprints in the 65 minutes he was on the pitch. Only four players bettered the figure, all of whom played the entire match.

'All I can do is apologise' - What they said...

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "To score six against Chelsea and the way we played, we had so much attention. We did it, it's an incredible compliment to the players, they are outstanding.

"We spoke this morning, we trained set pieces, trained some movements and I never thought we would score this amount of goals."

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta: "It is one of the worst nights in my career. It is difficult to explain what happened.

"The first five or six minutes went well but that is not enough. We are conceding a lot of goals and we cannot accept that.

"All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable."

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: "My feeling this week was really good. It was good during training and the technical meeting and the warm-up. The goal after three minutes made it very difficult to play against these opponents, who played fantastic football.

"The motivation today was good. We were not able to stay in the match and react later."

Chelsea's unwanted records - Key stats

Manchester City became the first top-flight team since Tottenham in 1965 to score more than once in 15 consecutive home league matches
Manchester City became the first top-flight team since Tottenham in 1965 to score more than once in 15 consecutive home league matches
  • Sergio Aguero has scored eight Premier League goals for Man City in 2019 - double that of any other player in the competition and more than 11 other Premier League clubs have managed, including Chelsea (seven).
  • Chelsea conceded four goals in consecutive away top-flight matches for the first time since December 1990.
  • Only Fulham (15) have conceded more Premier League goals during 2019 than Chelsea (13).
  • Manchester City became the first top-flight team since Tottenham Hotspur in December 1965 to score more than once in 15 consecutive home league matches.

Up next?

Chelsea travel to Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday (20:00 GMT), while Manchester City turn their attention to Newport County in an FA Cup tie next Saturday (17:30 GMT).

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forMahrezat 68'minutes
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forSilvaat 75'minutes
  • 8GündoganBooked at 77mins
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 65'minutes
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 3Danilo
  • 19Sané
  • 21Silva
  • 26Mahrez
  • 30Otamendi
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 49Muric

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 69minsSubstituted forEmersonat 73'minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 60mins
  • 8BarkleySubstituted forKovacicat 52'minutes
  • 11PedroSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 65'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 22Willian
  • 27Christensen
  • 33Emerson
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
54,452

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 6, Chelsea 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 6, Chelsea 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 6, Chelsea 0. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Attempt saved. Emerson (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Fernandinho.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Emerson replaces Marcos Alonso.

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Booking

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Pedro.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté.

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Stones.

Booking

Jorginho (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 5, Chelsea 0. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Manchester City. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Mateo Kovacic replaces Ross Barkley.

Attempt missed. Jorginho (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham26200654252960
4Man Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolves2511593332138
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Cardiff2674152447-2325
17Newcastle2566132133-1224
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield2625191448-3411
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