Published on April 18th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City – Report & Ratings
Manchester City moved even closer to securing Champions League football next season with a victory over 10-man Chelsea
The Blues profited from slick break-aways over the course of the game, with the first goal arriving when Kevin De Bruyne fed Aguero, who fired in with conviction.
De Bruyne was instrumental in another clinical counter after the break, finding Samir Nasri, who then chose the right pass to put Aguero clear on goal and put City 2-0 up.
Thibaut Courtois was sent off for bringing down Fernandinho in the box, which allowed Aguero bag his fifth hat trick since joining the club in 2011.
Chelsea threatened occasionally before the goals, but faded as City grew with confidence. After this weekend’s results, City have moved up to third in the Premier League, level with Arsenal – and four clear of Manchester United.
Glad about the win and the goals. And more so about the great teamwork. Won't give up the fight! #CMONCITY
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) April 16, 2016
— Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) April 16, 2016
Joe Hart – 7
Didn’t have much to do other than deal with a few corners, did the job.
Pablo Zabaleta – 7
Had a good game but had to be taken off as was risking a red card.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Made up for his early mistake by blocking on the line, other than that he a solid game.
Eliaquim Mangala – 8
Another good performance, managed to keep both Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet in one week – definitely growing in confidence.
Aleksander Kolarov – 7
Sent plenty of balls into the box but nobody was really on the receiving end, defended pretty well.
Fernandinho – 8
Earned City a penalty with a dazzling run, was lively all game (as always).
Yaya Toure – 8
We saw some of the best of Yaya come out on Saturday, was influential in virtually every City attack and kept possession well.
Jesus Navas – 7
Was a work horse yet again down the right hand side, made a fool of Baba Rahman with a nutmeg and kept him busy all match.
Samir Nasri – 8
Showed his intelligence when he waited for the perfect pass to set Aguero clear for the second goal, his 95% pass rate proves how well he keeps the ball.
Kevin de Bruyne – 8
Another assist to the Belgian’s name and showed again why he is one of the hottest names in world football.
Sergio Aguero – 9
Earned his fifth ever Premier League hattrick for City and got his goal tally to 21 for the season, his clinical finishing was too much to handle for Thibaut Courtois.
Bacary Sagna – 7
Probably didn’t expect to come on but was ready when he did, solid as ever.
Fabian Delph – 7
Added stability to the midfield, saw out the game well.
Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A
Not enough time to rate, gave Sergio a well-earned rest.