Sergio Aguero equalled a Premier League record by scoring five times as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 6-1 demolition of Newcastle United.
Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi revealed he was relaxed despite his team struggling to open the scoring in the 6-1 romp over Newcastle because he knew what Sergio Aguero was capable of.
Aleksandar Mitrovic had given the winless Magpies a shock lead at the Etihad Stadium but Aguero burst to life either side of half-time with a nine-minute hat-trick.
The visitors thought they had doubled their lead on 25 minutes as Mitrovic tapped in at the near post, but the goal was ruled out for offside, before the Serbian tested Hart with a fierce strike in the box.
Sergio Aguero has said Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was right to deny him the chance of a record-breaking sixth goal against Newcastle.
De Bruyne claimed the next goal in the 53rd minute, making it 4-1, to gain an individual reward for his endeavors.
While City have 18 points, Chelsea have just eight and are only four points better off than Aston Villa who are in the relegation zone. Even still, the likes of De Bruyne and Wifried Bony should have scored.
After De Bruyne volleyed a wonderful fourth, Aguero had time to add two more before departing to a standing ovation in the 66th minute – becoming the fifth player in Premier League history to score five in a match after Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov.
Kevin De Bruyne scored in the middle of Aguero’s haul, which came on 41.17, 48.41, 49.54, 59.05, and 61.44 respectively.
LONDON: Chelsea’s disastrous season continued with a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton yesterday that left Jose Mourinho’s Premier League champions 10 points off the pace in 16th place.
Second-half goals from Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye saw off the Baggies at Selhurst Park, while Jamie Vardy bagged again as the Foxes beat their East Anglian hosts 2-1 in a tightly-fought affair.
Despite the obvious reservations about praising that particular attacking combination too much too soon, there is no doubt Mitrovic and Perez looked as risky together as any other forward line tried out so far this season by McClaren. Three minutes after that, he departed to a rocking ovation.
But United could yet end the day at the foot of the Premier League. “(Saturday’s game) will be a good opportunity to come back to Emirates and play our football with possession and dynamism”.
Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle netted in the second half to give Southampton its first win at Chelsea since 2002.
Aguero put City ahead on the other side of halftime when he took advantage of a miserable Chancel Mbemba clearance, and had his shot deflected by a sliding Yoan Gouffran.
“The pressure lies with United because they lost the first game”, insisted Hecking.