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Pep Guardiola ‘proud’ of City after Chelsea demolition and praises Sergio Aguero

11 February 2019

"All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable", he said. "You have to ask the club".

I had called a couple of Chelsea performances a disgrace going into this game, this is as bad as anything.

Ten years ago this weekend, Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked after a 0-0 draw against Hull City at Stamford Bridge.

The Argentine striker's afternoon got much better soon after, however, curving home a sublime 25-yard effort before poaching a third to become City's all-time leading league scorer.

Sarri said: "My feeling this week was really good". 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.

Sarri made an encouraging start to his tenure. "I don't know", he replied.

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.

What Barkley was thinking when he headed the ball back towards his own goal from 20 yards out is hard to understand.

The City manager added that managers need the chance and the opportunity to succeed. "People expect with a new manager and buying players it comes immediately, but it needs time". "That's why I am so happy at this club".

"Out of nothing", Sterling said, "he can put the ball in the top corner and players like this, you have got to cherish". "At the moment we're playing another football".

"I don't see any indication from the manager that he is looking to do anything else".

"Since I arrived, we have had this pressure of having to fight for the Premier League trophy until the end". Abramovich demands Champions League football, and Sarri is increasingly in danger of failing to deliver a top-four finish. Up front, they were getting goals, albeit through some mistakes from Chelsea.

After Antonio Rudiger's poor clearance, Gundogan slotted in the fourth in the 25th before Aguero netted the penalty that completed his 15th City hat trick in all competitions in the 56th. Instead, the day was about reclaiming top spot from Liverpool, and they did so in comprehensive fashion.

David Silva is using the experience of past glory to help Manchester City in their Premier League title race with Liverpool and Tottenham.

Between those contests they take on Manchester united in the FA Cup and after the second Malmo tie they meet Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

Pep Guardiola ‘proud’ of City after Chelsea demolition and praises Sergio Aguero