Man City sinks Chelsea to take title initiative

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Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero stretches to reach the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England. AFP PHOTO

Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero stretches to reach the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north west England. AFP PHOTO

MANCHESTER, UK: Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho scored as Manchester City crushed Chelsea 3-0 on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to establish a five-point advantage over the champions in the fledgling Premier League table.

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After going close several times, Aguero celebrated his return to the starting XI by wriggling through Chelsea’s defense to score a 31st-minute opener before Kompany and Fernandinho made the game safe late on.

The well-earned victory continued City’s impressive start to the season following their 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion and gave manager Manuel Pellegrini a first win over his nemesis Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese returned to Chelsea in 2013.

“To win 3-0 in two games, one against the champions — we are just starting the season, but it’s important to play in the way we did today,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports.

“We always dominate Chelsea. Maybe we draw against them last year and before we lost, but always we dominate Chelsea. Today we made the complete work.”

City are now top of the table, above Leicester City and Manchester United on goal difference.

Defeat completed a miserable week for Mourinho, widely criticised for demoting his medics Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn after last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City, and means Chelsea have failed to win one of their first two league games for the first time since 1998.

It was also a day to forget for visiting captain John Terry, who watched the second half from the bench after being substituted at half-time — the first time Mourinho had taken him off in 177 league games.

Mourinho protested that the scoreline reflected a “fake result”.

“We were the best team by far in the second half. What they did in the first, we did in the second,” he said.

“We dominated and when they feel they are in trouble, and they felt (that), they changed Aguero and (Raheem) Sterling, they try to recover control of the game.

“It is exactly when they scored the second goal. For me, completely fake.”

After a flurry of near-misses, Aguero broke the deadlock by exchanging passes with Yaya Toure, darting into the box and placing a low shot beyond the reach of Asmir Begovic, deputising for the suspended Thibaut Courtois.

AFP

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