I know what he wants to do - Guardiola sympathises with Sarri

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 11, 2019

City scored four times in the opening 25 minutes at the Etihad Stadium and twice in the second half to inflict Chelsea's worst defeat since 1991, with Sergio Aguero getting a hat trick and Raheem Sterling netting twice.

"I know what he wants to do", he said.

The Argentine's first was the pick of his goals, a stunning long-range effort into the top corner after Sterling had scored the opener, and he doubled his tally with a smart first-time finish following a Ross Barkley error just six minutes later.

Sarri has frequently identified a poor mentality for Chelsea's worst performances this season, but he claimed that attitude was not the root of his players' problems against City.

"I didn't see my football [against City]".

City went back to the Premier League summit with a statement six-goal victory over hapless Chelsea and their manager offered a glimpse as to why they are a winning machine.

"For us to get 100 points, break all records and continue to push them and push them, these guys work a lot".

Asked if City were finding our collective best form now we are in February, Pep pointed out: "One week ago we played Newcastle, remember?!"

"I need him, I miss him when he's not playing but I took the decision and try to be honest", Guardiola said of omitting David Silva, who came off the bench.

Aguero should have doubled the lead nearly immediately but remarkably missed from close range. Silva had weaved through the area to set up a gilt-edged opportunity but the Argentinian uncharacteristically poked wide.

Manager Pep Guardiola sank to his knees in frustration but he was soon celebrating as Aguero made amends in sensational fashion.

Aguero's second was gifted to him.

The prolific Argentinian joined Alan Shearer on 11 Premier League trebles as the champions returned to their ruthless best in a one-sided encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

City eased off for the remainder of the first half, and Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain even managed to test goalkeeper Ederson with a sharp volley.

Aguero was inches away from completing his 15th City hat-trick when he headed against the woodwork from a De Bruyne cross. He did not have to wait much longer, however, as Sterling was felled in the box by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Sterling wrapped up a brilliant afternoon's work after substitute David Silva opened up the Chelsea defense yet again and Zinchenko picked out the winger to tap in from close range.

A defiant Maurizio Sarri refused to accept that Chelsea's 6-0 mauling at Manchester City was a sign his style of football is not working. Now we play better at home than away.

A key turning point came on the hour when Jamie Vardy missed a penalty for Leicester with his first touch of the game.

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