EPL: Manchester City thrash champs Chelsea 3-0 to take top spot
Manchester: Manchester City deepened the gloom at Chelsea with a rousing 3-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium yesterday taking them five points clear of the reigning EPL champions Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in typically deft fashion in the 31st minute before late goals from captain Vincent Kompany — his second in two games — and Fernandinho signalled the end of a breathless, spiky contest.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Chelsea in Manchester yesterday. Pic/AFP
The result brought the curtain down on a bleak week for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, caught in a storm over his demotion of team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physiotherapist Jon Fearn and who withdrew his skipper John Terry at half-time for the first time in 177 league games. But it was a day to savour for his City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini, whose side went top of the table as they marked the opening of a new 6,000-seat tier in the South Stand with a performance that dislodged Chelsea as the English top flight team to beat.
Chelsea’s (left to right) Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao and Nemanja Matic after their team’s
0-3 defeat to Man City in an EPL match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester yesterday. Pic/AFP
After angering Mourinho by running on to treat Eden Hazard when Chelsea were down to 10 men in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City, neither Carneiro nor Fearn were present on the visitors’ bench, but as the home fans would demonstrate, they were very much there in spirit.
Fans taunt Chelsea
When Asmir Begovic accidentally caught Gary Cahill in the face with a punch as the ball flew in and Chelsea’s new medics, Chris Hughes and Steven Hughes, scampering on, it drew a torrent of ironic applause from the home fans, who baited the hapless pair with chants of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ and ‘Eva! Eva! Eva!’ — AFP