Three goals from Sergio Aguero saw Manchester City beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.
Aguero’s first two strikes – his 19th and 20th of the Premier League season – came at the end of City counter-attacks, before he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot, after Thibaut Courtois had been sent off for bringing down Fernandinho.
City broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when Kevin De Bruyne led the breakaway from a Cesc Fabregas corner, before squaring to Aguero, who found the net with a deflected effort from 20 yards.
That goal should have scared Chelsea and forced them to take measures to guard against quick City breaks.
It changed nothing.
The second goal (video below), which hit the net in the 54th minute, was again the result of City speed and Chelsea naivety.
Despite being burned in the first half, Chelsea’s full-backs continued to play with a cavalier attitude.
Diego Costa lost the ball in the penalty area. It was picked up by Pablo Zabaleta, who found De Bruyne just outside his own box.
— Robert Summerscales (@robsummerscales) April 16, 2016
As De Bruyne – who had earlier created Aguero’s opener – began his burst forward, Baba Rahman was seen showing almost no effort to get back, while Cesar Azpilicueta – instead of returning to a solid position – decided to charge at the Belgian, who knocked the ball passed him with ease.
After embarrassing Azpilicueta and Fabregas with his rapid dribbling, De Bruyne found Samir Nasri on the halfway line. The French then slid in Aguero, who secured the match ball with one a fierce one-touch effort.