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Chelsea 0-3 City: match report and goals

Sandwiched in between our two games against Chelsea this season has been an eight month period of nonsense in which the Premier League’s two best squads (on paper) have flopped. Ignore the egg mayo-ey mess in the middle and you have two beautifully toasted slabs of sour dough, or two very convincing 3-0 wins for Manchester City that would be enough to make anyone think the league title was heading our way.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case, but at least we’re finishing this campaign as we mean to go on. Sergio was a hat-trick hero in this rather uncomplicated three-niller, while Yaya, Samir and Kev on his return to Stamford Bridge twiddled with Chelsea’s defenders like toddlers with toy cars. There was no end to the prodding and poking on the pursuit of holes in the Londoner’s jittery back line. This was the first time that the foursome have played together and if the club decide to ignore the barking of Dimitri Seluk, it probably wont be the last.

There was a return, too, for Diego Costa who was named in Hiddink’s starting eleven after completing a two-game ban. It’s been a while, but Costa, who has made it clear this season that West London isn’t the place for him, took refuge in the warmth of Eliaquim Mangala’s pocket for the second time this term. The striker will seek a much warmer destination this summer when Chelsea’s atrocious campaign finally comes to an end.

The first of Sergio’s three goals came in the 33rd minute. The sight of De Bruyne gazelling his way past Baba Rahman and squaring to Agüero whose strike benefited from a deflection off Gary Cahill on its way past Courtois may have stung a little for the home supporters. De Bruyne was sold by Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of ?18m, but has since proven himself to be worth at least three times that figure. A player of that calibre – imaginative, efficient and blessed with footballing intelligence – is what Hiddink’s side have been craving.

The second came ten minutes into the second half when Agüero, beating the offside trap, took a delicious through ball from Nasri into his path and fired into the back of the net. His third of the game and 13th goal in his last 12 league matches came courtesy of a penalty after he was brought down by Courtois in the box. The Belgian saw red and Agüero smashed into Begovic’s bottom right.

That’s now 21 goals in 26 games for Sergio who is far and away the most efficient and most gifted forward in the division. After the game, Manuel heaped praise on the Argentine, saying that “I’m sure Sergio is the best striker in the league.” The fact isn’t even up for debate, even if this, remarkably, wasn’t Sergio at his best.

Our next opponents are Newcastle, a team Sergio has netted 10 goals against in nine appearances. Playing like this, we should be confident of staying in third place for at least another week.

Goals:
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