Manchester City justified their tag as Premier League title favourites by beating 2015 champions Chelsea to move top of the table on Sunday.
City striker Sergio Aguero, who won the Golden Boot with 26 goals last season, scored his first of the new campaign, before captain Vincent Kompany and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho completed a fantastic 3-0 win for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Hosts City were the much better side and they thoroughly dominated this heavyweight contest, registering 18 shots, compared to Chelsea’s 10.
Aguero broke the deadlock on 32 minutes, finishing clinically after neat build-up play with Yaya Toure.
The first half ended with controversial scenes. Chelsea striker Diego Costa had to be restrained by his team-mates after being caught in the head by Fernandinho’s flying elbow. The City man was rather fortunate to only be shown a yellow card.
Jose Mourinho must have been far from pleased at the interval. The Special One made an unprecedented move by substituting captain John Terry in the Premier League for the first time in his managerial career.
Chelsea started the second period reasonably well. They had the ball in the net on 50 minutes, but Ramires had his effort ruled out for offside.
City regained control and eventually doubled their lead on 79 minutes when Kompany got clear of marker Branislav Ivanovic to head home his second goal of the season. The big Belgian didn’t score once last term.
Kompany’s goal was not the last act. Fernandinho put the final nail in Chelsea’s coffin with a fierce long-range strike five minutes from the end.
Chelsea end the weekend 16th in the table, having failed to win either of their opening two matches.
The last time Chelsea had just one point at this stage of the season was 17 years ago.