Manchester City stun Chelsea with four in first half


Maurizio Sarri insisted he would be happy if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich calls him in the wake of Sunday's humiliating 6-0 defeat against Manchester City and challenged the club to provide clarity on his future.

The humiliation had started long before the Madness track rang through the speakers as Sergio Aguero collected his second successive hat-trick at the Etihad. Indeed, come the home league clash with West Ham on February 27, City could be back in the driving seat on all fronts as they head into the business end of the campaign at a scintillatingly high level. Feigning ignorance about the location of the ball, Dean shrugged his shoulders before retrieving it from under his top for a beaming Aguero. A Raheem Sterling brace and a thunderbolt from Ilkay Gundogan added to City's jubilation.

The Premier League champions regained their place at the top of the Premier League table after a faultless display saw us hammer six goals past Maurizio Sarri's side.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Guardiola said: "I have said many times, Sergio scores every single season a lot of goals".

Silverware could still be collected in two weeks.

Sterling notched his second of the afternoon late on as the Citizens moved above Liverpool courtesy of a much improved goal difference, having played a game more.

It began badly as they were caught napping after just four minutes.

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 global to fire home.

Aguero should have doubled the lead nearly immediately but remarkably missed from close range. "I told him not to do it again, but I think reaction was a little better".

And Aguero went some way to erase memories of the miss - unleashing a powerful shot that flew in from 25 yards (meters) in the 13th minute.

"So at some point you've got to change what you're doing".

Aguero was on target again within six minutes. David Luiz headed clear but Ross Barkley inexplicably headed back into the danger area.

There was no repeat of the lengthy dressing-room inquest between Sarri and his players that followed Chelsea's shock 4-0 loss to Bournemouth earlier this month.

Even without injured Harry Kane, Tottenham is reeling off victories.

City were helped by the vulnerable nature of Chelsea's defence but in truth few teams would have been able to survive the speed, precision and directness they produced.

Pochettino's side took the lead through Davinson Sanchez's first goal for the club, but they were indebted to Hugo Lloris for saving Jamie Vardy's spot-kick after the interval at Wembley.

Aguero should have doubled the lead nearly immediately but remarkably missed from two yards.