Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea boss says sorry after Man City rout

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The defending champions made a fast start with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. So now we need only to understand the reasons why at the moment it isn't working. My target is to play my football. After 3-0 they were much better than us and after 5-0 it was not easy for them.

It was a busy January transfer window in the Premier League as most of the top teams brought in some reinforcements for the second half of the season. They played fantastic football and we made a lot of mistakes.

"If the president calls I'd even be happy, seeing as I never hear from him", Sarri said.

Sergio Aguero was today's hat-trick hero, equaling Alan Shearer's all-time record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks. "The only thing I can say to the fans is sorry, because it's not acceptable, and I feel sorry for all of them".

With Raheem Sterling weighing in with a brace and Ilkay Gundogan also scoring, the victory capped a momentous week for the Blues following league wins over Arsenal and Everton.

Goal difference might yet decide the title and, in thrashing Chelsea, City gave themselves an ever larger advantage over Liverpool. At the moment I am not able to see the reason.

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It will require some top management to fix the confidence in the Chelsea dressing room after Sunday afternoon's devastating defeat to Manchester City.

Chelsea hardly had time to take stock before the visitors conceded again, with Gundogan slotting home in the 25th with a neat shot from the edge after a poor clearance from Antonio Rudiger. Standing between Chelsea and the League Cup is City in the final on February 24 at Wembley Stadium. His team was flying high in the league and looked like a lock for the top four, but recent results have been concerning.

Five players have each scored hat-tricks for three different clubs: Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers, Everton and Portsmouth); Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City); Kevin Campbell (Arsenal, Everton and Nottingham Forest); Les Ferdinand (Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur) and Teddy Sheringham (Manchester United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur).

A mischievous member of staff at the Etihad mocked Chelsea by playing One Step Beyond at the final whistle.

Just as Leicester pressed for an equalizer, Son Heung-min scored a breakaway goal, racing clear from the halfway line and converting his 15th of the campaign in the first minute of stoppage time.