English football’s biggest matchup of the weekend was rendered a mere schooling session when a ravening Manchester City put their title bidding credentials in full swing when they battered an insipid Chelsea team with a performance that would give Maurizio Sarri nightmares.
Raheem Sterling set the tone for a day to forget when he rifled into the back of the net within just four minutes of play, giving the home side the early advantage. After finding himself within space in the Chelsea box, he hit the back of the net with the inside of his foot, breaking the ice for the Ettihad faithful.
The response from Sarri’s men was not as swift as Sergio Aguero’s screamer, nine minutes later, which ended at the top right corner of the net and set the Manchester city fans alight. It was a beauty of a strike that Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizaballaga had no answer to. That second goal allowed Pep Guardiola’s men, who were dominating in all the key areas of play to continue to ask serious questions of the Chelsea team which looked out of sorts and wearied by the witty interplay of their opponents.
It appeared Chelsea were never going to get the much needed breather after Aguero pounced on a misdirected clearance header by midfieder,Ross Barkley, to place the ball beyond the reach of the downcast Chelsea goalie. The argentine striker was having one of his habitual excellent performances in big games and was effectively running the Chelsea defense over.
At the end of halftime with the game thrown out of contest by Manchester City’s four unanswered goals, it became a matter of, damage limitation for the Blues, as the entire defense seemed out of sorts.
Marcos Alonso was leaving acres of space on the left side and the city attacker Bernardo Silva was savoring every bit of it. As Raheem Sterling kept turning the heads of the center back pairing of David Luis and Antonio Rudiger with his habitual cut-ins and menacing runs,Aguero was enjoying all the freedom.
An otherwise tough encounter had been turned into a practice match with Chelsea fans infuriated in the stands and taking death stares at Sarri’s bench as Aguero capped a man-of-the-match performance with his third goal from the penalty spot in the 56th minute before Sterling got his brace and city’s sixth goal of the match with ten minutes left on the clock.