As it happened: Scintillating City smash six past clueless Chelsea
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As it happened: Scintillating City smash six past clueless Chelsea

Follow live as Manchester City host Chelsea at the Etihad in the Premier League. kick-off Sunday, 16:00 GMT. 

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Man of the Match
Almost all of the City team could've put arguments forward as to why they deserve the Man of the Match award today, however, the best of the best was hat-trick hero Aguero.

The Argentine missed an early chance, before not putting a foot wrong for the rest of the game, resulting in yet another hat-trick, tying himself level on 11 Premier League match-balls with Alan Shearer - a true legend. 

Chelsea biggest defeat since 1991
Questions will be asked of 'Sarriball' following this one. The Italian manager was already under pressure, and given the way things work at Chelsea, it wouldn't be surprising if that is the last we see of the former Napoli manager at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues now drop down to sixth following wins from both United and Arsenal yesterday.

Joyous week for City
When looking at the fixture list, this week seemed a crucial one for City.

Defeating Everton in the week before following it up with an emphatic result here perhaps shows why they're title favourites.

Sarri refuses handshake
At full-time Sarri refuses to shake Guardiola's hand and heads straight down the tunnel back to the dressing room.
Full-time: Man City 6-0 Chelsea
The humiliation is over for Chelsea as Mike Dean blows the final whistle.

City return to the top of the league whilst Chelsea drop down to sixth. 

90+1'
Zinchenko back to his feet and able to continue following hamstring concern from his last break forward. 
90'
There will be three additional minutes.
89'
Zinchenko overlaps Sterling on the counter-attack and almost gets in on goal before Rudiger comes across to close the youngster down.

The City left-back now holding his hamstring. 

84'
Chelsea looking to keep the ball and avoid any further damage - a thoroughly humiliating afternoon for Sarri's men.
GOAL! 6-0 City!
David Silva plays the ball out wide to Zinchenko, who expertly picks out Sterling for a tap-in from six yards. 
78'
From the resulting free-kick, Emerson beats the City wall although is unable to beat Ederson, who saves comfortably. 
77'
Gundogan brings Loftus-Cheek down on the edge of the City box and is booked for his efforts. 
75'
David Silva replaces Fernandinho for City's final change. 
74'
Brilliant counter from City.

Sterling breaks through the Chelsea midfield before picking out Jesus, whose effort was well saved by Kepa.

73'
Final change for Chelsea - Emerson replaces Alonso.
72'
Jesus picks out Mahrez who cuts onto his left foot and fires well over Kepa's bar. 
68'
City looking to rest key names now.

De Bruyne is replaced by Mahrez.

65'
Jesus replaces Aguero for City whilst Pedro is replaced by Loftus-Cheek for the visitors. 
64'
Both teams still pushing for goals, with goal difference an important factor in both clubs tight league situations.

Sterling squanders a chance on the counter-attack before Kante lays the ball off to Hazard at the other end, who fires into the side netting. 

58'
De Bruyne fires a free-kick from range straight at Kepa. The Chelsea 'keeper opts to punch the ball away. 
GOAL! 5-0 City!
Aguero wraps up his hat-trick, sending Kepa the wrong way from the spot.

Aguero's 11th Premier League hat-trick - a joint record he now shares with Alan Shearer!

55' Penalty for City!
Azpilacueta brings down Sterling after the English winger beats him for pace down the left. 
52'
Substitution for Chelsea - Kovacic replaces Barkley. 
50'
Aguero smashes the bar with a header from close range following de Bruyne's cross.

Wouldn't bet against Aguero getting a second successive home hat-trick. 

46'
We're underway in the second-half!
Half-time: Man City 4-0 Chelsea
An incredible 25-minute blitz of the Chelsea goal sees City four up at half-time.

Surprisingly, it was perhaps the visitors who wouldn't have wanted the half-time whistle. Sarri's men reacted well and dominated possession in the final 15 minutes of the half.

45'
There will be two additional minutes.
42'
Chelsea have been dominant for the last 10 minutes, not allowing City any time on the ball.

Given the circumstances, this has been a terrific recovery from the away side.

38'
Higuain strikes brilliantly from distance, however, is matched by the brilliance of Ederson to tip over the bar. 
34'
Chelsea back with a foot in the game, looking to make the scoreline a little more respectable.

A lot of possession in and around the City box, although unable to create any real chances against a compact City backline. 

29'
Pedro again is denied by Ederson, this time as he fires straight at him from range. 
28'
Great chance for Pedro to get one back.

The Spaniard is denied by Ederson from close range following Higuain's through ball.

GOAL! 4-0 City!
Incredible.

Inside 25 minutes City are four up!

Gundogan fires in from distance following Rudiger's clearance from Aguero.

Game well and truly over.

20'
Barkley tries to make amends instantly from distance, although fires over the bar.
GOAL! 3-0 City!
Aguero again!

Barkley tries to head back to his 'keeper, although gets it horribly wrong and plays Aguero through on goal.

City's number 10 volleys on the turn with his weak foot, again leaving Kepa with no chance. 

Game potentially over within 20 minutes. 

GOAL! 2-0 City!
Incredible from Aguero!!

City's record goalscorer picks the ball up 25 yards out, before suddenly unleashing a thunderous strike into the top corner, leaving Kepa with no chance.

More than made amends for his earlier miss!

12'
A weaving run from Hazard past Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Laporte, Stones and Walker sees him worked into a tight angle. Ederson is easily able to gather the ball following his tame effort.
8'
Scintillating stuff from City!

De Bruyne lays the ball off to Bernardo, who dummies a shot before bursting to the byline and cutting the ball back to Aguero.

Six yards out with an open goal to aim at, Aguero somehow misses the target - a great chance for 2-0.

GOAL! 1-0 City!
A perfect start for City! Sterling scores.

Hazard is caught napping down City's right as the home side take a free-kick out to Bernard, who pulls the ball back past everyone in the box.

Unmarked, Sterling steams into the box and smashes past Kepa for the opener.

2'
A half chance for Higuain.

Hazard uses his blistering pace to beat both Walker and Stones before picking out the Argentine, who is quickly closed down.

1'
We're underway at the Etihad!
Teams are out!
The teams have emerged from the tunnel and we're almost ready for kick-off!
Rivals all win
City's rivals for the title, Liverpool, won yesterday to go back to the top of the league.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have also all won this weekend, leaving Chelsea fifth.

A win for either side here would take them back to the position they will be wishing to finish in come May, adding extra spice to an already huge encounter. 

Higuain looking to continue form
Chelsea's new number nine, Higuain, has only featured once away from Stamford Bridge so far, in which he was substituted during the Blues' 4-0 loss to Bournemouth.

The Argentine bounced back to score twice last weekend, and will be hoping to add more to his Chelsea account today. 

Sane benched
Some confusion to start out as City announce that Sane is both starting, as well as featuring on the bench. Was quickly corrected, Sterling starts with the German as a substitute. 
Lineups are out!
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Hazard, Higuain, Pedro.

Back closer to kick-off
I'll be back with more news closer to kick-off, including team news from 15:00 GMT.
Rudiger return?
Antonio Rudiger looks set to make his return from injury just in time for the game, with Andreas Christensen likely to make way. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been sidelined with a fever, so it remains to be seen whether he is even included amongst the substitutes.

Chelsea Predicted XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Hazard.

No fresh injury concerns for City
Barring long-term absentees Claudio BravoBenjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany, City have no injury concerns ahead of the fixture.

Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, David Silva, De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

Sarri full of praise for the champions
Often this season, Sarri has been full of praise of his opposition when facing any side in the top six.

In his press conference, the Italian boss continued this.

“At the moment Manchester City are the best team in Europe,” he told Sky. “I think we were lucky (in December), because we scored in a very difficult moment of the match. In that match we defended really very well because they had only three goal opportunities, no more.”

Guardiola wary of Chelsea threat
Last time these sides faced each other, Chelsea inflicted City's first league defeat of the season. 

This has left Guardiola wary of the threat of the Londoners.

"At Chelsea, I understand what they want to do and they are doing it.started the Spaniard,  "Good organisation, offensive and defensive, they know what they want to do."

The City boss then went on further to show how important the game is by saying "It’s a final for us. We have to play in that way. "

Sarri looking to stay in the top four
Maurizio Sarri's men's dip in form in recent months could cost them a place in the top four this weekend, should they fail to beat City, and Manchester United beat Fulham

Sarri has been under more pressure as of late, a win here would see a large amount of this lifted.

City win maintains top spot
City's midweek win over Everton sent them top of the  Premier League, having played one more game than Liverpool

Pep Guardiola's men will be looking to keep the pressure on Jurgen Klopp's side by retaining this position for as long as possible - a win in this one guarantees they will be for at least another fortnight. 

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