Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chelsea players pass their verdict on Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea players pass their verdict on Maurizio Sarri

He then said in his press conference: "I don't know [about my future], you have to ask the club". You'd have to ask the club.

While there is no doubting our chief football writer that this display was one of the most impressive, the line got us thinking about just what was the best outing from the top flight.

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. "People expect with a new manager and buying players it comes immediately, but it needs time".

"Liverpool are a very good side and they will realise they are in for a major battle".

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. "We're watching a really weak football team here".

Liverpool maintain the advantage of a game in hand over City, but given a reprieve by draws for Jurgen Klopp's men against Leicester and West Ham in recent weeks, the champions look determined to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.

"At the moment I am not able to see the reason, but I have to work for this, because my target is to play my football". At the moment I don't know, maybe the goal we conceded after three minutes against this opponent was really very hard to play, not to give them spaces, so we were in trouble.

Aguero should even have had more, having missed a sitter in the early stages and headed against bar on a dismal afternoon for Chelsea, whose manager Maurizio Sarri headed straight down the tunnel at full-time. "I'll go to say hello to him later, it was by chance".

"We are there, we are the leaders, but Liverpool have one more game (in hand)". With a cleverly taken free kick down the right, Kevin De Bruyne released Bernardo Silva, who cut back for Sterling to strike into the net. "Our staff don't love them too much because we don't let [the players] breathe but it's the only way. They still have that chance, but it has become a lot more hard in the last week".

"I'm surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home so I don't know what has happened but at the moment we are in trouble", Sarri added.

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