Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea boss says sorry after Man City rout

Raheem Sterling Sergio Aguero Manchester City

The west London side were thrashed 6-0 by defending champions Manchester City on Sunday as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling ran riot at the Etihad.

A win for City moves them back top of the Premier League table while the manner and margin of the defeat sees Chelsea lose ground in the race for the top four.

After the full-time whistle had gone, Guardiola made his way over to Sarri for a handshake but Sarri claimed he was unaware as he headed straight down the tunnel.

"Looking at what's going on Chelsea, I don't imagine he wants to be there much longer", the 55-year-old says.

"People don't understand how hard the first year can be".

"When we lose 6-0 we have to accept we didn't play well and made errors. It needs time, it only depends on the belief of the owners and the people in charge".

While there is no doubting our chief football writer that this display was one of the most impressive, the line got us thinking about just what was the best outing from the top flight. "He doesn't believe I am good because I win and bad because I lose".

Guardiola initially appeared put out, but later said that Sarri had simply not seen him, which may have been the case given the Italian's shell-shocked demeanor.

But the Catalan coach need not have anxious that would prove a costly miss as Aguero made amends in stunning fashion by blasting into the top corner from 25 yards to double City's after just 13 minutes.

"If the president calls I'd even be happy, seeing as I never hear from him", Sarri told Sky Italia. "But his reaction was a little bit better".

Aguero had a simple task to make it 3-0 six minutes later when he pounced on Ross Barkley's slack header towards his own goal.

After Aguero had somehow missed an open goal from two metres, the Argentine promptly beat goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with a blistering strike from 25 metres, underlining the fact that he is far more than a penalty area poacher.

Sterling wrapped up a brilliant afternoon's work after substitute David Silva opened up the Chelsea defence yet again and Zinchenko picked out the England global.



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