Aguero hat-trick hero as City hit Chelsea for six, re­gain lead

Ster­ling opens and closes scor­ing for Guardi­ola’s men, Manch­ester club re­places Liver­pool on top of ta­ble

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MANCH­ESTER: SER­GIO Ague rog rab bed a hat-trick as Manch­ester City scored four times in­side 25 min­utes to thrash Chelsea 6-0 and leapfrog Liver­pool again to top spot in the Premier League on goal dif­fer­ence on Sun­day.

Aguero should have had even more than three as the Ar­gen­tine missed a glo­ri­ous early chance and hit the bar in the sec­ond-half in a hu­mil­i­at­ing af­ter­noon for Mau­r­izio Sarri’s men.

Ra­heem Ster­ling started and ended the scor­ing and Ilkay Gun­do­gan also net­ted in the first quar­ter of the game as City ended what could have been a test­ing week with a trip to Ever­ton in be­tween the vis­its of Ar­se­nal and Chelsea with max­i­mum points.

Jur­gen Klopp’s men main­tain the ad­van­tage of a game in hand, but handed a re­prieve by Liver­pool’s draws against Le­ices­ter and West Ham in re­cent weeks, City look de­ter­mined to be­come the first side in a decade to re­tain the Premier League. Chelsea on the other hand slip to sixth with the scale of the de­feat sure to raise fur­ther doubts over Sarri’s fu­ture. A 4-0 de­feat to Bournemouth in their last away game was Chelsea’s heav­i­est league de­feat since 1996.

And this was their worst loss in any com­pe­ti­tion since 1991 af­ter fail­ing to re­cover from Ster­ling’s fourth-minute opener.

Pep Guardi­ola had de­scribed this match as a “fi­nal” for his side given that Chelsea had a week to pre­pare, while City ground out a 2-0 win at Ever­ton on Wed­nes­day.

But the Cata­lan coach need not have wor­ried that would prove a costly miss as Aguero made amends in stun­ning fash­ion by blast­ing into the top corner from 25 yards to dou­ble City’s af­ter just 13 min­utes.

Aguero had a sim­ple task to make it 3-0 six min­utes later when he pounced on Ross Barkley’s slack header to­wards his own goal.


Manch­ester City's Ser­gio Aguero scored his 11th hat-trick of the Premier League equalling Alan Shearer’s record.

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