The players of Guardiola decide with four goals in half an hour and the second hat-trick of the Kun Agüero in a week
You can hardly find a more festive city in England than Manchester these days. The celebrations of the Chinese year have been joined by the ‘momentums’ of City and United and everything is joy. The sun has even risen again. Especially perfect was the week of Pep Guardiola’s team that, after overcoming Arsenal and Everton at Goodison Park, reached the top on Sunday beating Chelsea (6-0) and returning the pressure to Liverpool the next day he plays it at Old Trafford. It is the first time Chelsea has conceded six goals since the Premier League.
Guardiola raised the Chelsea match “as a final” that would give them “the possibility of being able to fight for the title until the end of the season” and Manchester City could hardly have left with a more overwhelming spirit. 30 minutes lasted the game. Time to destroy the defense of London, absolutely overflowing and unable to contain the gale, and score four goals: one Sterling, two Agüero and another Gündogan. The first Kun, a zapatazo from afar that got through the squad, opts to the podium of the best of the year.
The Chelsea started playing later, with the match already decided, and his image was closer to that of a Fulham that a set ‘big six’. Bad time for Italian coach Maurizio Sarri, much discussed at Stamford Bridge and victim of the Solskjaer effect at United, which has cut him 11 points in less than two months and this weekend has taken him fourth place in the Champions League . And, if that were not enough, in two weeks they will face City again at Wembley , in the Carabao Cup final.
Teasing Emiliano Sala
The Etihad paid homage to the deceased Emiliano Sala , like the rest of the games of the day of the Premier, keeping minutes of silence and wearing black armbands. They identified the 28-year-old Argentinian as the person who was in the plane at the bottom of the English Channel. Especially felt was the memory he received at St Mary’s Stadium , where Southampton received Cardiff City , the club the player expected.
However, while the Southampton grandstand paid tribute to Sala two local fans made joking gestures imitating a plane in front of the Welsh fans, a fact that led to his arrest by the police and the expulsion from the stadium. Hours later, the club of the south of England issued a statement confirming the identification of the fans and the prohibition so that they can enter again in the stadium.