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Friday 9 December 2016

Mourinho a sore loser as Chelsea outclassed

Man City 3-0 Chelsea

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the opening goal against Chelsea
Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring the opening goal against Chelsea
Chelsea's Nemanja Matic battles for the ball with Manchester City's David Silva
Vincent Kompany marshals Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

City way ahead as wide gap opens up already

Chelsea manager Mourinho felt his side had the best of the second half at the Etihad Stadium yesterday and the 3-0 result in Manchester City's favour was "fake", despite the scoreline.

City fired out a strong title warning with a comprehensive 3-0 demolition of the champions.

Sergio Aguero finished superbly in the first half before a Vincent Kompany header and a powerful Fernandinho strike secured all three English Premier League points.

City completely outplayed their rivals, piling on the problems for Jose Mourinho's winless side after a difficult week dominated by the manager's row with two of his medical staff.

There was further controversy as striker Diego Costa tried to confront Fernandinho at half-time following an on-field collision and had to be held back. Chelsea's inspirational captain John Terry was also replaced by Kurt Zouma during the break as Mourinho tried to tighten up.

But for City, whose manager Manuel Pellegrini beat Mourinho for just the third time in 14 attempts, there were only positives.

However, Mourinho had his own unique view on the match.

"The best team in the first half won the game. The best team in the second half was Chelsea, for sure. It was a difficult first half and we didn't create a lot. If the 1-0 was a doubtful result at minute 70, 75 the 3-0 is completely fake because at 1-0 Chelsea was the better team in the whole second half."

When asked if T erry was taken off due to an injury, Mourinho revealed it had been a tactical move. He said: "No, it was just a decision. I know that Zouma is the fastest defender we have in the squad and in that moment Man City are going to play counter-attack. They are going to play long balls to Aguero and Zouma is a different player than John and it was proven completely right as Zouma was in complete control."

However, despite the change, the Portuguese reiterated his total support of his skipper.

"He is a player that I totally trust - there is no doubt about it. With me, he was never substituted, but with other managers he was not selected. He was not even playing," Mourinho said.

"If somebody has the free mind and the right to have this kind of decision as a manager, I'm the one because I'm the one that gave him the chance to be what he is and that's a fantastic player and a fantastic captain.

"John is Chelsea captain, for sure, and a player with my entire confidence, for sure."

City skipper Kompany thought his side did everything right against Chelsea.

"There wasn't much difference with how we played against them twice last season," he said. "I guess the difference is that we managed to score and not make the mistakes we did in the previous season and all in all it was a comfortable game mainly because we did everything right.

"There's still so much more to come."

When asked if he was taking goalscoring advice from City striker Aguero, Kompany added: "I'm definitely learning from him, but it's not what I take most pride in as a defender.

Happy

"I'm really happy with the two clean sheets. The clean sheet means a lot to me and I will sleep well at night."

Pellegrini felt the result should have been more convincing. He said: "I am very satisfied because it is not easy to beat the champions. It was a great performance.

"I think our team played better and 3-0 is the minimum we deserved."

City have won their opening two games of the season 3-0 and are already five points ahead of Chelsea. Pellegrini said: "In football, nothing is significant until the end of the season."

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