Sensational City hit Sarri’s struggling side for six

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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. "I am in charge of the team and so it's right", Sarri said.

Aguero equalled Alan Shearer's record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks with a penalty before Sterling's late strike.

Abramovich is yet to watch Chelsea under Sarri after he was denied a United Kingdom visa, though the Italian coach was brought in with a remit to overhaul the team's style of play.

"I admire these kind of players, the consistency".

The Argentine striker's afternoon got much better soon after, however, curving home a sublime 25-yard effort before poaching a third to become City's all-time leading league scorer.

Salah went close to making it 2-0 moments later, before the second goal eventually came on 34 minutes as Wijnaldum ran onto Andrew Robertson's long pass to excellently lob a bouncing ball over goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Eden Hazard to tell Chelsea FC about Real Madrid decision
The Belgium worldwide , who is yet to sign a new deal with Chelsea , has less than a year remaining on his contract. Sarri said: "He's not decided yet if he wants to stay here or if he wants a new experience in another club".

"We'll need to find the explanation for all this over the next few hours", he added.

That victory helped City cut then table-toppers Liverpool's lead to four points and Guardiola's side have since gone ahead of the Merseyside club on goal difference in a compelling race.

As City kept scoring, Chelsea's official account appeared to give up hope during the first-half. "They win that and they are leaders, with us behind, but I am proud".

Guardiola also reserved praise for hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero, whose future at City looked in doubt when the manager arrived in 2016.

He said in his post-match press conference: "The final of the Carabao Cup was tough, now it will be tougher".

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