Manchester City are back at the top of the Premier League after destroying Chelsea 6-0 at Etihad Stadium on February 10th. The defending champions succeeded in reclaiming the top spot from Liverpool, who beat Bournemouth a day before, after producing a dominant performance that saw club legend Sergio Aguero score a hat trick to go joint-top with former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer in the most Premier League hat-tricks scored. Raheem Sterling, Manchester City and England midfielder, also scored a brace of goals and Ilkay Gundogan got on the scoresheet in a scintillating display at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
The Sunday evening tie kicked off with immediate impact from the home side, Manchester City, whose forward, Raheem Sterling, was able to capitalise on a quick free kick from Kevin de Bruyne to strike beyond the reach of Chelsea's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, scoring Manchester City's first goal.
The fourth-minute opener was followed by a five-minute brace of goals from Aguero, who found the net in the 13th minute, firing an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the top corner after earlier missing an open goal. The Argentinian striker soon took the game out of sight of Chelsea, firing in from close range after a mistake by Chelsea midfielder, Ross Barkley.
Things got embarrassing for Maurizio Sarri's men as Gundogan's shot from outside the box made it 4-0 with only 25 minutes played. As the referee blew for half time the away team's fans seemed shell-shocked. Half time score, Manchester City 4 Chelsea 0.
After the break Sterling was fouled in the penalty area by Cesar Azpilicueta. Aguero took the penalty and got his second hat-trick in his last two games at Etihad, after sending the keeper the wrong way. The Argentine has now equalled Alan Shearer's record of 11 premier league hat-tricks and has also become City's all-time leading scorer with 159 league goals, ahead of Eric Brook with 158.
The star striker was taken off to a standing ovation from home fans just after the hour mark. Sterling got his second goal of the day late in the game to complete the visitor's humiliation. Final score, Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0.
Chelsea slip to sixth in the table as City go top. The two sides will meet again in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley on February 24th.