Guardiola, Sterling on Man City’s remarkable bounce back (video)

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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?

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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.

Manchester City destroy Chelsea (video)

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  • Aguero earns two league records via another hat trick
  • Sterling scores two
  • Chelsea sinks 6th, below Arsenal

Sergio Aguero wrote his name twice more in the record books as Manchester City smashed Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Aguero scored a hat trick for the second week in-a-row, joining Alan Shearer as the only players to register 11 Premier League hat tricks. He also went atop the Man City leaderboard for league goals.

Other guys played, too, with Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan scoring while Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva put on playmaking and possession master classes.

City goes back atop the Premier League table on goal differential, now nine better than Liverpool having played one more game. Chelsea drops below fifth place Arsenal on goals scored, the goal differential level.

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City’s habit of striking quickly continued with a 4th minute goal off the boot of Sterling.

Left all alone at the back post to collect a David Luiz-deflected cross from Bernardo Silva, Sterling hammered the ball into a gaping space.

Aguero also worked himself into a back post position and skewered his chance to tap in Bernardo’s unreal dribble and pass through the six.

Eden Hazard work Chelsea up in the 12th minute with a long dribble down the left producing a shot that Kepa Arrizabalaga collected wide of the post.

Maybe the tap-in was too easy, because Aguero then took a Kevin De Bruyne feed and curled a 20-yard beauty around a flying Arrizabalaga.

Aguero helped produce the fourth, his dribble blocked by Antonio Rudiger onto the path of Gundogan for another long distance goal.

Ederson made a second decent save of the half when Gonzalo Higuain tore into a shot from distance, but Chelsea did not pull any goals back before halftime.

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Aguero nearly nodded home for his hat trick when his header of a De Bruyne cross hit the cross bar.

Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta took down Sterling in the 55th minute, and Aguero had his chance for back-to-back hat tricks and a share of the Premier League hat trick record.

De Bruyne sent an arrow of a free kick around the wall, but Arrizabalaga stopped it.

Substitute Gabriel Jesus was shoved by Luiz as he attempted a 1v1 shot on Arrizabalaga, but Dean stopped short of awarding another penalty.

Sterling got his second in a similar enough fashion to his first. It was 6-0 with 10 minutes to play.

Aguero hits golazo as part of Man City’s unreal start v. Chelsea (video)

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Navy blue heads are spinning in Manchester, as City scored four goals in the first 25 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

That’s even wilder considering that Sergio Aguero missed a total sitter early in Manchester City’s Sunday morning match against Chelsea.

That in itself is a headline, yeah?

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But the Argentine superstar, fresh off a hat trick, had something up his sleeve (or down his sock).

Aguero doubled Chelsea’s early lead with a vicious, curling effort from outside the 18-yard box that Kepa Arrizabalaga did well to touch on its route into the upper 90.

What a hit. Aguero then scored a tap-in before a blocked effort from his fell to Ilkay Gundogan for City’s fourth of the half. Raheem Sterling scored the first.

Laporte header sends Man City top (video)

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  • Laporte nods in D. Silva free kick
  • Jesus adds goal at the death
  • City outshoots Everton 14-4
  • MCFC second team to breach 60 points this season

Manchester City went atop the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The visitors, who got a late marker from Gabriel Jesus after Aymeric Laporte opened the scoring, have played one more match than leaders Liverpool. Both have 62 points.

Everton probably deserved a point on the merit of its second half, but remains ninth with 33 points.

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Leroy Sane nearly continued Man City’s run of scoring very early in matches, snapping a left-footed shot wide of the far post.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford came out for a corner kick and missed it, but Aymeric Laporte nodded wide in the 16th minute.

Sane and David Silva set-up Aguero in-tight, but the Argentine hit the cross bar as City kept pouring forward toward an opener.

It wasn’t all City, as Bernard won a corner when he headed a Theo Walcott cross off the back of Kyle Walker.

City got its goal before halftime, with Laporte getting a header past Pickford off a spinning David Silva free kick.

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Second-half sub Raheem Sterling became the focal point of all things City, influential at both ends of the pitch.

City could not kill off Everton, and Marco Silva introduced Gylfi Sigurdsson for the last 30 minutes and Richarlison off the bench as the match neared its final quarter-hour.

Jesus then collected a Kevin De Bruyne through ball in the seventh minute of stoppage time, nodding the ball over the line after Pickford slapped it into the air.

Aguero hits three, Man City sinks Arsenal (video)

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  • Aguero nets 10th PL hat trick
  • Sterling influential in win
  • Koscielny scores for Arsenal
  • City outshoots Arsenal 19-4

Manchester City put a little more heat on Liverpool with a 3-1 defeat of Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Sergio Aguero scores all three City goals as the club went second, two points back of Liverpool. The Reds play West Ham on Monday.

Arsenal is now sixth, a point back of Manchester United following the Red Devils defeat of Leicester City.

Aguero is one league hat trick away from matching Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 11.

Raheem Sterling‘s two assists put him level with Eden Hazard for the league lead.

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Man City raged out of the gates, and Arsenal was very much under siege.

Aguero’s goal happened in double the time it took him to open the scoring at Newcastle, the dawdler, with his 48-second header serving as his 18th goal in all competitions and 12th in Premier League play.

He could’ve won a penalty on an ensuing Kevin De Bruyne ball, and Bernd Leno was busy early.

Arsenal made it 1-1 via a corner kick. Nacho Monreal beat Bernardo Silva to flick Sead Kolasinac‘s service back post, where Koscielny darted in front of Kevin De Bruyne to head home. Insane start.

Nicolas Otamendi stung an 18th minute shot at Leno, who caught it on the hop.

The teams continued to excite over the next 35 minutes, but few scoring chances really challenged either keeper.

That changed with Aguero’s second, as Raheem Sterling was key to a fluid team goal. The English winger took a diagonal dime from Fernandinho before working a 1-2 and passing across for Aguero to finish his 13th league goal.

De Bruyne then just missed a sliding Sterling with a spinning pass to the back post.

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Leno made a fine stop on De Bruyne 10 minutes into a second half that began with plenty of City control.

Sterling was excellent in the build-up to Aguero’s hat trick goal, his cross taking a turn off Leno before hitting the Argentine’s arm and skittering across the line.