Manchester City sorry for playing Chelsea anthem after Etihad Stadium thrashing

Ross Houston
February 11, 2019

The owner at Stamford Bridge Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience and with the Blues now sixth in the league, the rumour mill is starting to churn over Sarri's future.

"In the last three matches away we've played very badly so we need to say sorry", said the 69-year-old Italian.

Sergio Aguero's 11th Premier League hat-trick equalled Alan Shearer's record, Raheem Sterling bagged a brace while Ilkay Gundogan was also on the score-sheet as City moved back to the top of the table in scintillating fashion.

"It is one of the worst nights in my career", added defender Azpilicueta, 29. "It is hard to explain what happened", said Chelsea captain Azpilicueta.

City brushed aside a surprisingly poor Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, doing most of the damage in a whirlwind opening 25 minutes that yielded four goals.

Apologies to Chelsea fans reading this, I don't mean to compound your misery, but there is a unifying quality to watching your side taken apart, limb by limb. "People expect with a new manager and buying players it comes immediately, but it needs time". I don't have to convince him, he knows me.

"It shows how much presence he has being captain of that club, and for me he's been one of the best 'keepers in the Premier League over recent weeks". I am anxious about our performances, not about the club. "You have to ask the club".

"Daryl Janmaat had a really good game at the weekend against Everton, Davinson Sanchez scored against Leicester and obviously, I've got to put Sol Bamba in because he's stood next to me!"

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"But most important is you can't have stupid defensive mistakes which is what cost them that game". Competitive and local rivalries are less tasty than they have ever been. The Citizens boss declared: "I know what he wants to do, I think this kind of person, these type of games always help to make our football better".

"But people don't understand how hard it is to do something - my first year was hard too".

"It is hard to describe our performance, it's hard also to understand".

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