Man City laid down a statement of intent on Sunday afternoon as they demolished rivals Chelsea 6-0, thereby inflicting upon the Blues their worst defeat since 1991. Sergio Aguero was the star at the Etihad with a hat trick, his 9th at the stadium and 11th overall in the Premier League, equalling the legendary Alan Shearer’s record.
Chelsea’s defending was shambolic- only strugglers Fulham have conceded more than them in the league this year, and City turned in another dazzling attacking display to raise more doubts over the future of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. The game was effectively done and dusted in the first 25 minutes, with City having raced to a 4-0 lead by then. It was another low point for Chelsea, who had lost by a four goal margin to Bournemouth in their last away fixture. The result saw the Londoners drop from 4th to 6th in the table, and it now appears Sarri’s job will hinge on his team winning the Europa League. They have a crucial set of fixtures coming up, with United (FA Cup), City (League Cup) and Spurs (League) all awaiting them later this month.
City are the reigning champions and on the evidence of this performance, will not be giving up on their league title easily. They’re now level on points with Liverpool (although the latter do have a game in hand), and few will write them off at this stage, especially given the number of times they’ve won the league this decade.
We came across this interesting piece of data describing the composition of City’s recent title winning sides, courtesy online casino Casumo. As we all know, City broke their four and a half decade wait for a top flight title by claiming their maiden Premier League trophy in the 2011/12 season, and followed it up with triumphs in the 2014/15 and 2017/18 seasons.
All three of City’s titles this decade have come in sides with less than 50% of the players born in England. Those titles came with Roberto Mancini (Italy), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile) and Pep Guardiola (Spain) at the helm of affairs respectively. The last time City appeared to touch 50% + for this statistic was in the mid 2000’s, when they had Stuart Pearce managing them. The Scottish contingent was the second highest for City when they won the Old First division in 1967/68, but they are conspicuous by their absence in this decade’s title winners.
Even in the current City squad, there are only two England born players who get regular football- John Stones and Kyle Walker; three if you include Fabian Delph. The core of their squad- Ederson, David Silva, Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Aguero are foreign.
Not something the fans will be complaining about, especially if the titles keep coming in, but fascinating to look at nevertheless!