Man City using past glory in title race - Silva

Sarri Technically Manchester City have the world's best midfield

Sarri Technically Manchester City have the world's best midfield

Guardiola, too, played down any speculation of a rift as he said: "I spoke with (Chelsea assistant) Gianfranco Zola".

Although Aguero headed against the crossbar early in the second half, he only had to wait until the 56th to seal his 15th City hat trick _ and a record-equaling 11th in the Premier League with Alan Shearer.

While Chelsea are aiming to finish in the top four and achieve Champions League football next season. "At the beginning, it worked, so now, we need only to understand the reason why, at the moment, it isn't working".

"I don't know [about my future]", he added.

The Spaniard empathises with the scrutiny Sarri is under and believes the former Napoli coach needs time to implement his ideas.

"At the beginning we played better away than at home, now we play better at home, so something has changed and I am not able to see the reason, so I have to work for this", Sarri continued.

Pep Guardiola heralded one of the greatest performances of his Manchester City reign and praised his players' thirst for success as they continue their attempts to become the first team in a decade to retain the Premier League title.

"I am anxious about my team and the performance - my job is always at risk".

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He said: "I don't know, you have to ask the club".

"It was not easy because Chelsea demanded a lot and we defended deeper, like never before, because they have the quality to find spaces". The loss left them outside the Champions League places and the pressure is mounting on manager Sarri.

After their previous away match - a 4-0 loss to Bournemouth - Rudiger instead that the players should be "ashamed" of their display.

"Today, I didn't see my football", he said after the humiliating defeat. "We have to say they played really fantastic football". This kind of person or this type of game always helps to make our football better.

"But people don't understand how hard the first year can be".

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.

Chelsea face Malmo next time out on Thursday before a clash with Manchester United in the FA Cup, and play City again in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on January 24.

"We are there, we are the leaders, but Liverpool have one more game (in hand)". Jurgen Klopp's side must respond in their next league game, which happens to be against United at Old Trafford in two weeks.

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