Pep Guardiola ‘proud’ of City after Chelsea demolition and praises Sergio Aguero


"I don't know [what happened] it sometimes happens but important to get the next one so I'm very happy", the striker said.

He added: "It was an incredible performance against a top team".

"I am surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home".

"I didn't see my football [against City]". I am anxious about my team.

It was Chelsea's heaviest defeat since losing 7-0 to Nottingham Forest in 1991.

"For us to get 100 points, break all records and continue to push them and push them, these guys work a lot". After three games in a week - Arsenal, especially Goodison Park and playing the way we played with this intensity and the desire and patience to find the right moment, the players were outstanding.

Speaking to Sky Italia after their thrashing by Manchester City, Sarri was asked what he expected Abramovich to say about the result.

Asked if it was one of City's best performances of his reign, Guardiola said: "Yes, we played good". "This type of person always helps to make our football better, and he tries to do it. People expect with a new manager and buying players it comes immediately, but it needs time". Yeah, I think they were in the areas that mattered.

"Out of nothing", Sterling said, "he can put the ball in the top corner and players like this, you have got to cherish".

"We need to understand". "My target is to play my football, but at the moment we are not seeing this". Up front, they were getting goals, albeit through some mistakes from Chelsea.

Given the fortunes of his predecessors, the odds are against Sarri being given time to see his vision of utopia at Chelsea, though he does have the chance to avenge this defeat against City in the Carabao Cup final in two weeks' time (Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. ET; ESPN+). Instead, the day was about reclaiming top spot from Liverpool, and they did so in comprehensive fashion.

In Manchester, Raheem Sterling started and ended the scoring and Ilkay Gundogan also netted in the first quarter of the game as City ended what could have been a testing week with a trip to Everton in between the visits of Arsenal and Chelsea with maximum points.

In a Premier League title race that is extremely close, Manchester City were looking to stay close to Liverpool in the standings.

City boss Pep Guardiola empathises with his counterpart, pointing to his own occasional difficulties in implementing his ideas when he first arrived in the north-west three years ago.