Maurizio Sarri admits concern over Chelsea but sidesteps query on future

Raheem Sterling Sergio Aguero Manchester City

Raheem Sterling Sergio Aguero Manchester City

Pressure on the manager is increasing after the thrashing saw Chelsea drop to sixth in the table, but Guardiola urged them to back him.

And this was their worst loss in any competition since 1991 after failing to recover from Sterling's fourth-minute opener. We made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents. Maybe the goal we concede after three minutes it was hard to play.

This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday. "My target is to play my football, not to change another football because at the moment we are playing another football".

While there is no doubting our chief football writer that this display was one of the most impressive, the line got us thinking about just what was the best outing from the top flight.

"If you look at the size of Liverpool and the fact they haven't won the title in so long, there is an air of desperation at the club to win the title".

"It is hard to describe our performance, it's hard also to understand".

Aguero should even have had more, having missed a sitter in the early stages and headed against bar on a dismal afternoon for Chelsea, whose manager Maurizio Sarri headed straight down the tunnel at full-time.

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"It needs time. The main reason I came to Manchester City is because my bosses, chairman, especially Txiki". I don't have to convince him, he knows me. He also became City's top-scorer in the league, with 160 in 229 appearances.

"I'm surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home so I don't know what has happened but at the moment we are in trouble", Sarri added.

"My feeling is it is going to finish in the last games".

But he need not have anxious that would prove a costly miss as the Argentine made amends in stunning fashion by blasting into the top corner from 25 yards to double City's after just 13 minutes. "I'll go to say hello to him later, it was by chance".

And Gundogan's shot from the edge of the area then had too much power for the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to compound Chelsea's woes.

Aguero, who scored a hat-trick seven days ago against Arsenal, has equalled Alan Shearer's record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks and is now joint top scorer in the league this season with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah on 17 goals.

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