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 and subjecting Chelsea to a 6-0 debacle at the 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 twenty five 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 just 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 twenty five yards.

Chelsea’s embarrassment was symbolised by Ross Barkley’s inexplicable header straight to the feet of Aguero to poach his second as Ilkay Gundogan capped that early blitz with a low drive to make it 4-0.

Aguero completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after 56 minutes following Cesar
Azpilicueta’s foul on Sterling as the Argentine bagged his 15th treble for City and a record-equalling 11th in the English Premier League (EPL); an honour he shares with Newcastle United legend,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 the Blues with the sixth, turning in from six yards after David Silva’s threaded pass released Oleksandr
Zinchenko down the left.

Chelsea next travel to Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday while
Manchester City turn their attention to Newport County in an FA Cup tie next Saturday.


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