Manchester City – Chelsea: Agüero leads City to historic demolition against fragile Chelsea (6-0)
In a game that was essentially over after twenty-five minutes, Manchester City overwhelmed Chelsea in all phases of play. Agüero was key in overcoming Chelsea’s press, Jorginho was pressed out of the game, and City efficiently took advantage of Chelsea’s individual mistakes in defense. Despite Chelsea’s best efforts and a more relaxed City after the first half hour, the away side could not produce even one goal to save their face and ended the match with an embarrassing six-goal deficit.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Pérez.
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