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Chelsea routed 6-0 by Man City for biggest loss in 28 years

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, second left, scores his side's sixth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Jon Super / Associated Press)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, second left, scores his side's sixth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Jon Super / Associated Press)

MANCHESTER, England – Chelsea was handed its heaviest loss in 28 years on Sunday when Manchester City routed Maurizio Sarri’s side 6-0 in the Premier League.

The meeting of the last two champions was a complete mismatch as Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for the second successive weekend.

City regained top spot from Liverpool in its title defense as 2017 champion Chelsea ended the weekend by dropping out of the Champions League places into sixth.

Raheem Sterling scored twice – City’s opener in the fourth minute and the sixth in the 80th – and Ilkay Gundogan also netted.

It was Chelsea’s third consecutive away loss in the league, following a 2-0 collapse at Arsenal and 4-0 humiliation against Bournemouth.

And Sarri completing his first season in charge is now far from certain.

“I don’t know, you have to ask the club,” said Sarri, who was hired after leaving Napoli. “I am worried about my team, I am worried about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not worried about the club – you have to ask the club.

“I didn’t see my football (against City). At the beginning (of the season) it worked. So now we need only to understand the reasons why at the moment it isn’t working … It is not easy. At the beginning, we played better away than at home. Now we are playing better at home than away.”

Chelsea had not lost by six goals or more since April 1991 – a year before the inception of the Premier League – when Nottingham Forest beat the west London club 7-0.

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