Manchester City stun Chelsea with four in first half


"I know exactly what he (Sarri) wants to do", Guardiola said.

Defending champions City have the chance to move level alongside Liverpool atop the table when they welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Sarri's purist form of football, with goals, pace and ambition, worked well at Napoli - even though he did not win a trophy - but has not translated itself to English football.

"Today, I didn't see my football", he said after the humiliating defeat. I am in charge of the team so, it's right.

Chelsea were thumped 4-0 at Bournemouth last month, a result that equalled their 5-1 loss to Liverpool in September 1996, but this one obliterates those defeats from the record books.

"In the last three or four matches we have been in trouble without a reaction at the first difficulty so we need to understand". "We did it, it's an incredible compliment to the players, they are outstanding", added the Spaniard.

"At the beginning we played better away than at home, now we play better at home, so something has changed and I am not able to see the reason, so I have to work for this", Sarri continued. At the beginning we were playing better at home than away and now we are better away than at home.

"People don't understand how hard the first year can be".

"We spoke this morning, we trained set pieces, trained some movements and I never thought we would score this amount of goals".

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"Out of nothing", Sterling said, "he can put the ball in the top corner and players like this, you have got to cherish". I admire these kind of players, the consistency.

Winning that trophy alone will not be enough to keep him in a job, however.

"We can not forget Chelsea demand a lot of our pressing as they have a lot of quality, and Sergio sometimes was a little bit exhausted to do that, but of course in front of goal he is a special player".

İlkay Gundogan then scored Manchester City's fourth in the 25th with a strike from outside the box.

When it came to awarding the penalty that allowed Aguero to complete his hat trick - after spotting Cesar Azpilicueta's foul on Raheem Sterling - Dean pointed exuberantly at the spot while jumping dramatically to end up in a pose with his legs outstretched in a squat.

David Silva is using the experience of past glory to help Manchester City in their Premier League title race with Liverpool and Tottenham. The Merseysiders' game in hand is away to a rejuvenated Manchester United on February 24 - the same day City face Chelsea in the League Cup final.

City boss Pep Guardiola empathises with his counterpart, pointing to his own occasional difficulties in implementing his ideas when he first arrived in the north-west three years ago.