Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero, netted a superb hat-trick as the defending champions recorded an outrageous 6-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday night.
The win saw Manchester City move to the top of the Premier League table, edging Liverpool — who have a game in hand — out on goal difference.
The hosts were at their ruthless best on the night, virtually killing off the tie inside the opening twenty-five minutes. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring after just four minutes of play, capitalizing on Chelsea’s first big slip-up on the night. Sergio Aguero doubled his side’s tally minutes later, slotting his outside-the-box effort into the top corner, rendering Kepa Arrizabalaga useless.
Aguero doubled his tally just six minutes after his first goal. Chelsea’s Ross Barkley cluelessly headed the ball inside his own area, inviting the in-form Argentinian to pounce. Manchester City scored their fourth in the 25th minute, as an unmarked Ilkay Gundogan collected the ball on the edge of the area to slot mercilessly into the bottom corner.
Pep Guardiola’s men kept up the tempo in the second half and kept creating chances one after the other. Finally, their relentless paid off in the 56th minute when Aguero completed his treble from the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta brought down Sterling inside the area. Raheem Sterling completed his brace 10 minutes from time, tapping home from point-blank range to make it 6-0 for City.
An Abysmal Chelsea Display
Going up against the defending champions was always going to be difficult, but no one probably expected Maurizio Sarri’s men to be so helpless. They looked short of confidence right from the very beginning and failed to turn it around despite their best attempts.
The Blues’ illustrious midfield was outplayed by Pep Guardiola’s champions. Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard’s chemistry didn’t fetch the desired results. And their defenders were in sixes and sevens.
Manchester City Show their Class
Whatever it was, it wasn't Sarriball… 🤷♂️
The Chelsea boss says he will not change despite the 6-0 beatdown against Manchester City. 🙅♂️
But should he? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/jCI8RXopp4
— Goal (@goal) February 11, 2019
Following last week’s shock defeat to Newcastle United, defending champions, Manchester City, needed to come up with a fitting response. Back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Everton already marked their return, but last night’s display showed why they deserve to retain their shiny Premier League crown.
Not only were they clinical in front of goal, but they also made sure to show their quality in non-threatening areas. They pressed relentlessly, carved out chances, and did their best to capitalize on each mouth-watering chance.
Sergio Aguero Delivers
FULL-TIME | An absolutely smouldering show from the mighty Blues!
Just wonderful! 😍
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 10, 2019
Manchester City’s record goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, produced yet another perfect performance on the night. Last weekend, he scored all three of City’s goals to hand them a commanding win over Arsenal. And On Sunday night, Against Arsenal’s crosstown rivals, he looked just as menacing.
His treble on the night was his 11th Premier League hat-trick of his illustrious career, level with current record holder, the great Alan Shearer. Apart from scoring three perfect goals, Aguero did his best to keep hold of the ball, bring his team-mates into play, and defend whenever required. A 10/10 performance from one of the best in the business.
Manchester City are next in action away to League Two side Newport County in the FA Cup on Saturday. Chelsea, on the other hand, will be involved in Europa League action next Thursday, when they make the trip to Malmo in the round-of-32.