Sensational City hit Sarri’s struggling side for six

David Silva Manchester City 2018-19

David Silva Manchester City 2018-19

Sterling notched his second of the afternoon late on as the Citizens moved above Liverpool courtesy of a much improved goal difference, having played a game more.

Pep Guardiola's side blew Chelsea away in an extraordinary game at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Aguero scoring a hat-trick, Raheem Sterling netting twice and Ilkay Gundogan also finding the net.

While Chelsea are aiming to finish in the top four and achieve Champions League football next season.

"It was really very hard not to give them space and so we were in trouble, but I am not able to understand because as I said before in the week I had a very good feeling", he said.

"I told him not to do it again", Guardiola said.

And Souness, who won the league with Liverpool as a player five times, believe Jurgen Klopp's side need to win every game if they are to win the Premier League. We need to understand and the reason is not easy.

"I am anxious about my team and I am anxious about the performance".

Following the loss to the Cherries on the south coast, Sarri was openly critical of the mentality of his players and that he could not motivate them.

Rudiger then said to him "I've come over to say sorry, stand in front of me if you've something to say!" They beat us at Stamford Bridge [in December] and against Napoli last season [in the Champions League] it was tight, they were better in moments.

And looking ahead, with Chelsea facing a tough month both domestically and in Europe, Sinclair says he has seen nothing to suggest Sarri will shake things up.

"Chelsea take the ball, play incredible, so that's why I am very pleased after we played Arsenal, Everton and had a few days to recover".

To show how things have turned around, United now have a better goal difference than Chelsea, having been 21 goals worse off before Solskjaer's first game against Cardiff on December 22. The people don't understand how hard it is to do something. "People expect with a new manager and buying players it comes immediately, but it needs time".

"We are there, we are the leaders, but Liverpool have one more game (in hand)".

Given the fortunes of his predecessors, the odds are against Sarri being given time to see his vision of utopia at Chelsea, though he does have the chance to avenge this defeat against City in the Carabao Cup final in two weeks' time (Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. ET; ESPN+).

A key turning point came on the hour when Jamie Vardy missed a penalty for Leicester with his first touch of the game.