Sergio Aguero scored another hat-trick as Manchester City emphatically defeated Chelsea 6-0 at Etihad Stadium to return to the top of the Premier League table. City are on top on goal difference, level with Liverpool on 60 points having played a match more. Chelsea drop to sixth on 50 points, behind Arsenal on goal difference.
The Blues have suffered consecutive heavy away defeats but unlike at Bournemouth, the damage at the Etihad was done very early in the game with four goals conceded with just over quarter of the game gone.
Raheem Sterling fired into the roof of the net after only four minutes before Aguero hit a quickfire double, curling a superb shot into the top corner after 13 minutes before poaching his second and City’s third six minutes later.
Ilkay Gundogan made the score 4-0 after 25 minutes while Aguero’s penalty 11 minutes after half-time put him level with Alan Shearer’s PL record of 11 hat-tricks.
Sterling added a sixth 10 minutes from time after a neat move down the left.
It means Manchester City return to the top of the Premier League, improving the goal difference advantage over Liverpool in the process by a further three goals. Today’s defeat leaves the Blues sixth in the Premier League table and level on points and goal difference with fifth-place Arsenal but behind on goals scored.
Liverpool still have one game in hand.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso (Emerson 73), Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 52), Pedro (Loftus-Cheek 65), Higuain, Hazard.
Unused subs Caballero, Christensen, Willian, Giroud.
Booked Jorginho 60, Alonso 69
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Fernandinho (c) (D Silva 75), Gundogan, De Bruyne ( Mahrez 68), B Silva, Aguero (Jesus 65), Sterling.
Unused subs Muric, Danilo, Otamendi, Sane.
Scorers Sterling 4, 80, Aguero 13, 19, 56 pen, Gundogan 25.
Booked Gundogan 77
Referee Mike Dean
Man City: 27 Feb v West Ham (H)
Chelsea: 27 Feb v Tottenham Hotspur (H)