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The 2 Robbies: Man City obliterates Chelsea, Liverpool back in form

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle on Manchester City’s humiliation of Chelsea as the Citizens handed Maurizio Sarri and the Blues their worst defeat in Premier League history with a 6-0 thrashing (0:30). Plus, thoughts on Liverpool back to impressive form with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth (23:45), Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Leicester City (30:30) and the 10th victory in 11 matches for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United after their 3-0 win at Fulham (44:30). Plus, thoughts on Arsenal’s win at Huddersfield, Marco Silva and Everton losing to his old club, Watford, and another important win for Cardiff City over Southampton.

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Pep Guardiola praises ‘incredible’ Man City win over Chelsea

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Pep Guardiola could do nothing but gush about his players after Manchester City shockingly demolished Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad on Sunday.

The Manchester City boss said it was one of the most incredible performances he’s seen his players put on, and while it still wasn’t perfect – because of course he would say that – it still blew him away.

“Incredible week, incredible game,” Guardiola said during his post-match media availability. “We were lucky to score the first three goals because Sergio [Aguero] missed one, and after the 4-0 they were much better than us. In the second half after 5-0 it was tough for them with that result mentally it was not easy, but in general we make an incredible performance against Chelsea.”

After Aguero’s hat-trick and Raheem Sterling‘s brace, Pep even went so far as to say he believes it might be the most stellar performance he has seen his team put on at the Etihad, and much of that had to do with his high esteem of Chelsea coming into the game.

“Yes,” Guardiola said when asked if this was one of the best performances by his Manchester City team. “I know how they [Chelsea] play, they destroy the openings…I’m not talking about winning or losing, they play incredible, and that’s why I’m very pleased.”

With Aguero moving into the lead as all-time Manchester City goalscorer and also tying the Premier League record for most hat-tricks with his 11th, Guardiola had all praise for the Argentine, not just for his current form but also his longevity.

“I’ve said many times, this is ninth season or tenth season here…I don’t know how many seasons…and he’s scored every single season a lot of goals. I admire this kind of players, with the consistency, like David [Silva]. Young players come, other people come, one season, two seasons, but he stays for a long time, and that is fantastic.”

Finally, with Manchester City moving top of the Premier League on goal differential, Guardiola mentioned that while Liverpool controls its own destiny in the title race given they own a game in hand, he’s so proud of his team for maintaining a competitive mentality even after winning the title last year.

“I’m proud the most about, after what happened last season, I have said many times that I feel that way, what we have done last season, still being there every single game, every single game, trying and trying and they’re still there in the position. That means a lot to me and that means a lot to the club, for the organization, for all the people working here, so that is why…11 games [for us], the other one is 12, so we are going to try until the end to retain the title.”

VIDEO: Jenas records Shearer at moment Aguero tied his record

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Not too many people would have the audacity to record and post this video, but Jermaine Jenas was simply taping a co-worker and one of his former teammates.

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With Sergio Aguero presiding over a penalty kick which would give him a share of the Premier League hat trick record with one Alan Shearer, the former Newcastle player turned his camera on the English legend.

And while Shearer would later Tweet this — and sing it when he realized he was being filmed — we get a very visceral vibe from the Newcastle hero’s immediate reaction to Aguero slotting home.

We guess you could say that Shearer is too humble to mention that it’s a shared record.

But then again, just look at this video. The big man did not think he was going to be caught this soon, though he does offer a fine song.

I would’ve looked much worse in the same spot, Alan.

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.