Pep Guardiola Can't Believe Sergio Aguero's Open Goal Miss

Annette Crawford
February 11, 2019

Pep Guardiola sympathised with Maurizio Sarri and urged Chelsea to give the Italian more time after Manchester City thrashed the Blues 6-0 in their record Premier League defeat.

Michael Owen is tipping Manchester City to ease past Chelsea FC at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"Chelsea will not just sit back and defend at the Emirates - which might be their undoing - and I expect them to play a huge part in what promises to be an entertaining clash between two quality sides in what is a dress rehearsal for the League Cup Final later in the month". Explore the numbers with our interactive tools.

The prolific Argentinian joined Alan Shearer on 11 Premier League trebles as the champions returned to their ruthless best in a one-sided encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

It began badly as they were caught napping after just four minutes. Sergio missed one but after he made an incredible goal.

Chelsea are now outside the top four in the Premier League, sitting in sixth place, level on points with Arsenal and a point behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United side.

"We are top of the league but we have to wait to see when Liverpool go to Old Trafford now as we have played one more game", he said. According to Opta, they directed 51.6 per cent of their attacks down that flank compared to 25.8 per cent down their right and 22.6 per cent through the centre.

It worked perfectly. Sterling scored the opening goal from that position, and it was the same story for Aguero's first goal soon after that. Gundogan then struck City's fourth from a similar area.

"(Scoring) Six goals against Chelsea is not easy.

Aguero's second was gifted to him six minutes later.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling netted twice against Chelsea.

The first goal set the tone for a shambolic defensive performance, as Bernardo Silva was left in acres of space to receive Kevin De Bruyne's quickly-taken free kick before crossing for Sterling to finish.

Jamie Carragher was unsurprisingly brutal with his analysis of Chelsea's first half performance. Their last away goal was N'Golo Kante's victor at Crystal Palace on December 30. Kepa Arrizabalaga then should have done better with Gundogan's strike, while Azpilicueta was clumsy for the penalty.

Next Saturday, City continue their quest for glory on all four fronts when they visit Newport County in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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