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Aguero nets 2nd hat trick in 3 games

Maurizio Sarri said he was "worried" about his Chelsea side after a 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City and added: "My job is always at risk."

Chelsea suffered their heaviest ever defeat in the Premier League and asked about his future at the end of the match, Sarri said: "I don't know. You have to ask the club. I am worried about my team, the performance. My job is always at risk, so I'm not worried [about that]. You have to ask the club.

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Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson.

When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson.

"Today I didn't see my football. At the beginning it worked. Now we need only to understand the reason why at the moment, it isn't working. We need to understand the reason. It is not easy.

"We made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents. They played some really fantastic football."

Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick -- a record 11th in the Premier League along with Alan Shearer -- Raheem Sterling netted twice and Ilkay Gundogan was also on target. The 6-0 scoreline was enough for Chelsea to drop to sixth on goal difference.

Having called his Chelsea side's motivation into question before, Sarri instead opted to bemoan individual errors for the resounding defeat.

"Today the motivation was at the right level," he added. "We started well then we conceded a goal in the stupid mistake. We had to stay in the match, but we weren't able to. We made mistakes against the wrong opponent. They played fantastic football."

LONDON -- Manchester City handed Chelsea their heaviest defeat since 1991 as a first-half blitz won the game for the Premier League champions inside the first 25 minutes, with Sergio Aguero completing his hat trick in the second half and Raheem Sterling netting a late second to complete a 6-0 win.

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Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson.

When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson.


At least Chelsea have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to...oh.


This was a defeat to raise questions about the entire Maurizio Sarri project. Chelsea came to the Etihad Stadium, tried to play their football and were destroyed so comprehensively that many will find it difficult to see how this system can ever work at the highest level. It all felt very late Arsene Wenger-era Arsenal.

Manager rating out of 10

1 -- Sarri underlined the fact that he will never change his approach by playing entirely into Pep Guardiola's hands. Chelsea pushed high up the pitch, weaved pretty passing patterns at times but were so open everywhere defensively that it didn't matter. As ever, there was no hint of a different approach, or even a tweak.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 6 -- Kept his head in the face of City's high press, but was left brutally exposed by everyone around him losing theirs. Perhaps could have done better with Ilkay Gundogan's strike which seemed to go through him, but none of the other shots that beat him were his fault. Made a good late save from Gabriel Jesus.

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 2 -- Sterling caused him problems from the outset, escaping his attention for the opening goal and looking to commit him with speed and close control at every opportunity. His miserable afternoon was complete when he desperately hauled down the winger for a penalty that Aguero scored.

DF Antonio Rudiger, 3 -- Held up reasonably well in one-vs.-one situations, using his strength to outmuscle Aguero, but City exploited virtually every positional mistake that he and those around him made. Clearly not the biggest problem on this awful day for Sarri, but not part of the solution either.

DF David Luiz, 3 -- Has won some memorable battles against Aguero in the past but was totally humiliated by the Argentine here. Must take a share of responsibility for the space that City's attackers consistently found in the Chelsea box, and even his long passes were not as sharp as usual.

DF Marcos Alonso, 2 -- Never looked likely to shine in a match that called for him to defend for long spells and his bizarre decision to drift narrow gave Bernardo Silva the freedom of the Etihad to set up Sterling for City's opener. Looked a step slow throughout, and displays very little chemistry with Hazard these days.

MF N'Golo Kante, 4 -- Chelsea's least-poor midfield performer on a day in which their midfield was utterly overrun. Won the ball high up the pitch a couple of times but in the main, City had little trouble bypassing him whenever they felt the need to, and he couldn't get close enough to protect Jorginho.

MF Jorginho, 3 -- Generally gets the most criticism when Chelsea's system fails, but he did very little to positively impact things here. His most ambitious passes came to nothing and he lacked the athleticism or positioning to provide any kind of shield for his floundering back four.

MF Ross Barkley, 2 -- This was a big moment for him after some encouraging recent displays, but he looked a level below every other midfielder on the pitch. Touches ran loose, passes went astray and to cap it all, he presented the ball to Aguero with a disastrous back-header for City's third.

FW Pedro Rodriguez, 5 -- His movement was bright early on and he forced two good saves from Ederson, though he should probably have found the net once. Never stopped running for the team but mustered little after his early flurry to get Chelsea on the front foot.

FW Gonzalo Higuain, 6 -- Looked very sharp at the head of Chelsea's attack even as their defence crumbled in the first half, setting up Pedro with a superb take and backheel before forcing an excellent save from Ederson with a dipping strike from 25 yards. Faded after the break with the game long over.

FW Eden Hazard, 4 -- The misunderstanding between him and Alonso created City's opening goal, and the beginning of Chelsea's nightmare. He tried to commit defenders in the final third but invariably found himself smothered before he could find any seriously dangerous positions, and understandably became disinterested as his team disintegrated behind him.


FW Mateo Kovacic, 5 -- Introduced for Barkley, as usual, in the 51st minute, he provided fresh legs but no fresh ideas.

FW Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N/A -- Continues to get the majority of his opportunities on the right flank, which you suspect is not particularly beneficial either for him or for Chelsea's hopes of keeping Callum Hudson-Odoi.

DF Emerson Palmieri, N/A -- Brought on in the 73rd minute as Sarri decided to mercifully bring Alonso's torrid afternoon to an early conclusion.

Manchester City moved back top of the Premier League with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Chelsea. Sergio Aguero scored a record-equalling 11th hat trick of his City career while Raheem Sterling (twice) and Ilkay Gundogan were also on target.


It looked like an important week for City in the title race with home games against top-six sides Arsenal and Chelsea sandwiched by a difficult trip to Everton. Pep Guardiola's side have breezed through it in a way that will build confidence -- as well as their goal difference -- as they go punch-for-punch with Liverpool at the top of the table.


Chelsea created a couple of good opportunities and City missed chances to win by more, but it would be harsh to pick out weaknesses when a supposed title rival was dismantled in such devastating fashion.

Manager rating out of 10

9 -- Maurizio Sarri surprised Guardiola with a low press when Chelsea won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, but there was no doubting who won Sunday's tactical battle. Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne's movement in midfield was too much for Chelsea's midfield, while their hard-running stifled N'Golo Kante and Ross Barkley's bursts forward.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Ederson, 8 -- Made one good save when Pedro was clean through and another from Gonzalo Higuain's dipping volley. Ederson's footwork was perfection in the face of Chelsea's high press.

DF Kyle Walker, 7 -- Had the toughest task of the day against the skill and threat of Eden Hazard but kept the Belgian international mostly quiet.

DF John Stones, 7 -- Comfortable with the ball at his feet when he picked up possession in deep positions and was strong defensively.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 7 -- Had extra responsibility with the inexperienced Oleksandr Zinchenko outside him, as well as the physical threat of Higuain, but coped well.

DF Oleksandr Zinchenko, 7 -- Understandably, he looked nervous after recalled for such a big match, but grew into the game and ended up with two assists.

MF Fernandinho, 8 -- He could have been swamped as Chelsea tried to push forward through midfield but ultimately bossed the centre of the pitch.

MF Kevin De Bruyne, 7 -- Caused Jorginho plenty of trouble with his smart movement that led to City counter-attacks. De Bruyne was also alert for the quick free kick that brought the opening goal.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, 8 -- Picked ahead of David Silva, he justified his selection with an intelligent performance and delightfully-taken goal.

FW Bernardo Silva, 8 -- His work rate was phenomenal helping out in midfield, but Silva also caused Marcos Alonso huge problems when moving forward.

FW Sergio Aguero, 9 -- Missed an absolute sitter from 2 yards but more than made up for it with a stunning 25-yard strike before going on to complete a hat trick that makes Aguero City's all-time leading scorer in league play.

FW Raheem Sterling, 9 -- Showed how his confidence has grown in front of goal by slamming in the first and last goals, amid a display that saw him pull Chelsea's defence apart all afternoon.


FW Gabriel Jesus, 7 -- Worked hard and played a key role in the build-up to City's sixth.

FW Riyad Mahrez, 5 -- He has been overlooked in recent weeks and tried a bit too hard to impress.

MF David Silva, N/R -- played an exquisite pass that led to the final goal.

Mauricio Pochettino has criticised referee Michael Oliver for denying Son Heung-Min a penalty for the second time this season and booking him for diving during Sunday's 3-1 victory over Leicester.

Son claimed he was tripped by Harry Maguire in the first half, but Oliver showed the South Korean a yellow card for simulation, before later awarding a penalty to Leicester when he adjudged that Jan Vertonghen had fouled James Maddison.

Oliver had previously waved away Son's appeal for a spot-kick when he was felled by Sadio Mane in the 95th minute of September's 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool.

Son has now become the fourth Spurs player to be booked for diving this season and, when Pochettino was asked whether his side are being unfairly targeted, he replied: "I don't understand why, if that's what you say. I think we are such nice people.

"Today, do you think that Sonny deserved to be booked? Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable. When you compare the situation with the penalty [given] against us, unbelievable.

"The problem is, I told Michael Oliver [about] the situation against Liverpool in the last minute that should have been a penalty. Maybe [it should have been] 2-2, maybe 2-1, but it was a clear penalty.

"It was the same referee but now I don't know how he has measured the situation. It's so difficult. I'm a person that always accepts the mistake but I think it was so strange, the situation today.

"It was so clear, the position today with Sonny, the action, but it wasn't clear the position of Maddison when he was on the floor.

"I'm more relaxed because we won the game -- we got three important points -- but so disappointed with the situation. Everyone wants to talk about different clubs or players but do you think we're a team that's trying to cheat the referee? Come on, we are the most innocent people on the pitch."

Spurs were indebted to Hugo Lloris for their victory over Leicester, with the goalkeeper saving Jamie Vardy's penalty and denying the Foxes an equaliser shortly before Christian Eriksen made it 2-0.

Vardy was introduced as a substitute after the spot-kick had been awarded and immediately took it with his very first touch of the match.

Asked whether he was pleased to see Vardy taking the penalty, Pochettino said: "Now, yes, but more than the mistake of whoever shot, it was a massive save from my keeper.

"I think we're talking about one of the best keepers in the world, with a lot of experience and having played a lot of games here at Tottenham.

"He's showing his value and of course in the decisive moments like today it was so important to help the team achieve the three points. His quality is there and we cannot doubt that.

"Sometimes you win games not playing in your best. It was an even game. The way we conceded [chances] is more than we usually concede but I think the victory's fair."