Sergio Aguero hit his second hat-trick in eight days as Manchester City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad to return to the top of the Premier League.
City were irresistible in the first half and raced into a 4-0 lead after just 25 minutes. Raheem Sterling put them ahead, running onto an effort at the far post, before Aguero’s 25-yard stunner into the top corner made it 2-0.
Aguero turned home his second after a Ross Barkley mistake and Ilkay Gundogan put the game well beyond Chelsea with a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Aguero completed his hat-trick from the spot, meaning he has 43 goals in 64 games against the big six, 22 more than any other player since he moved to the Premier League in 2011.
Sterling made it 6-0 from close range after fine team move and the result means City go back to the top of the Premier League on goal difference, having played a game more than Liverpool.
City were looking to cap off a tough week of fixtures with nine points out of nine, and they got the job done before Chelsea could even think about settling. Sterling had them ahead just four minutes in, slamming home from eight yards at the far post.
It should have been 2-0 moments later through Aguero, but he uncharacteristically missed an open goal three yards out at the far post, though he did make amends in fine fashion on 13 minutes.
Picking the ball up 30 yards out, Aguero took a touch out of his feet before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Aguero then became City’s leading league scorer with 159 goals, capitalising on Barkley’s poor header back to his own goal by turning into the bottom right corner from 10 yards.
The game was essentially over on 25 minutes as Gundogan’s crack from the edge of the box flew past Kepa after Chelsea had failed to clear their lines again.
Sarri was exploding on the touchline, but Chelsea did force a couple of chances before the break; Ederson blocked Pedro at his feet, and the City goalkeeper then acrobatically kept out Gonzalo Higuain’s fine 25-yard volley.
City carried on after half-time like a steam train. Aguero hit the bar with a close-range header, but he completed his second hat-trick in three games from the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta’s rash challenge on Sterling.
Aguero, who is now level at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with Mohamed Salah was brought off for Gabriel Jesus on 65 minutes, and his replacement went close to making it 6-0 as Kepa saved when one-on-one.
Sub David Silva then found Oleksandr Zinchenko with a beautiful ball in-behind, before the Ukrainian squared for Sterling to prod home his second from close range.