The current EPL defending champions yesterday thrashed Chelsea 6-0 in a landslide victory at the Etihad to top the league table with 65 points from 27 matches placing the at a tie with 2nd placed Liverpool who also have 65 points, but City boasts of a superior goal difference. However, Liverpool have one game in hand and the title race between the two sides promises to turn out as one of the best in Premier League’s history.
Manchester City scored 4 goals against Chelsea within the first 25 minutes and made a mockery of the match in the first half itself of which they later added two more in the second half which completed the demolition job. Sergio Aguero scored a hattrick, while Raheem Sterling added two more with Ilkay Gundogan rounding off the tally. It was also a sweet revenge for Manchester City, as they avenged their 0-2 loss against Chelsea in December.
Pep Guardiola’s side continues to be superlatively dominant in their home ground, as they toyed with Chelsea last night to leave the 2016-17 league champions wounded and humiliated. It was a clinical obliteration that leaves Maurizio Sarri’s position in jeopardy and caused considerable damage to Chelsea’s prospects of finishing within the top 4. It was Chelsea’s heaviest defeat since they lost 0-7 to Nottingham Forest in 1991.
Manchester City had 56% ball-possession in yesterday’s match, which is not surprising by their standards. However, when they had the ball, they did much more damage with their precise and astute passing and intelligent positional play.
Sergio Aguero scored his 11th hattrick to equal Alan Shearer’s record, and strengthened his claim to be the most clinical striker inside the penalty box since Romario. He has currently scored 23 goals this season and 222 overall for Manchester City. Yesterday’s hattrick, however, was a testimony to his shooting proficiency too, as he scored a scorcher with a 25-yard shot from outside the penalty box.
Chelsea’s defenders and defensive midfielders found it almost impossible to mark their opponents as they frequently changed their positions to keep the fluidity of their game intact. The City players’ off-the-ball play was too lethal and sophisticated for the sluggish Chelsea defense and they kept making inroads with their slippery runs.
Aguero got into the perfect scoring position to score his first goal from a misplaced headed back-pass from Ross Barkley, while Sterling ran into empty spaces inside the penalty box to score both his goals.
It was in all, a humiliating outing for the blues which invariably puts the team in a devastated state.