Sergio Aguero set a Manchester City while matching a Premier League record as his club went atop the table by handing Chelsea its worst ever PL defeat.
We mean, where to start?
City was as clinical as it was magnificent in a 6-0 win on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, with the first four goals coming in 25 minutes and all coming via Aguero and Raheem Sterling (The Englishman had a brace).
The win was City’s third in eight days, as the reigning champs continue to serve notice that they aren’t letting Liverpool waltz away with their crown.
And this was days after Bernardo Silva admitted that City was ready to concede the title following a surprising loss to Newcastle.
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Managers and players often say that performances should be taken on a game-by-game basis, but Pep Guardiola sounds like a man who lives in the present.
We bet he’s even got several books on mindfulness.
“The pressure doesn’t exist,” Guardiola said. “All we can do is play like a team. If you win perfect, if not you try next season. What pressure? We are privileged to be footballers and a manager. I demand their best. There are many troubles happen all around the world for us to think about pressure.”
And it’s that philosophy, a hyper version of “What have you done for me lately?” that has players like Raheem Sterling focused on performing all the time.
“You’ve gotta be switched on every day,” Sterling said, pitch side with the NBC Sports Soccer crew after the match (full video atop post).
“The way he sets us up is brilliant but at the end of the day we’ve gotta go out there and do it. … You’ve gotta stay on your toes here. No one expects to start.”
Man City heads to the road now, with an FA Cup visit to Newport County before a UEFA Champions League trip to Schalke for the first leg of the Round of 16.