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Magnificent Raheem Sterling terrorised Chelsea
After Chelsea’s strong start to the game, some quick thinking by Kevin De Bruyne from a free-kick released a free Bernardo Silva down the right flank, before the Portuguese found Raheem Sterling who finished with aplomb to send City ahead with only four minutes played. Fittingly, it was the English wideman who put the icing on a well-made cake by scoring the Citizens’ final goal as it ended 6-0.
Having recorded two assists last time out against Arsenal, the attacker has now been directly involved in four goals in successive starts for Pep Guardiola’s side. Notably, his speed and quick feet which saw him run the Blues backline ragged led to him winning the spot-kick that put City five ahead. Sterling’s goals and assists tally in the Premier League now stand at 12 and nine respectively.
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Prolific Sergio Aguero put the Blues to the sword
The Argentine may have missed a sitter when all he had to do was tap-in from close range, but he more than made up for it with a treble of goals.
The numbers are quite staggering and fascinating in equal measure too: his hat-trick saw him equal Alan Shearer’s record of 11, which took him up to 160 Prem goals in 229 appearances. Having netted his 15th City treble, the prolific frontman has now scored 17 league goals this season, taking him level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
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Oleksandr Zinchenko rewarded Guardiola’s faithThe Spaniard could’ve selected Fabian Delph or Danilo to start at left-back against Maurizio Sarri’s men, but he went with the 22-year-old Ukrainian instead. The youngster, who’s naturally a midfielder, proved his class with an awesome performance out of position to justify his manager’s decision. He, as well as Sterling, wrecked havoc on Chelsea’s right flank and the away side just couldn’t live with his forward forays. It was no coincidence that the stand-in full-back recorded two assists after what was a truly magical display.
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Ederson’s saves were crucial in keeping clean sheet
While many onlookers would get carried away by City’s attacking display on the day, the Brazilian goalkeeper made a string of fine stops to prevent Chelsea from getting on the score sheet. The shot-stopper made no less than four good stops to deny the west London club on the day and it consequently took his clean sheet tally for the season to 12.