Chelsea was handed its heaviest loss in 28 years Sunday when host Manchester City routed Maurizio Sarri’s side 6-0 in the Premier League.
The meeting of the past two champions was a complete mismatch as Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for the second successive weekend.
City regained top spot from Liverpool in its title defense as 2017 champion Chelsea ended the weekend by dropping out of the Champions League places into sixth.
Raheem Sterling scored twice — City’s opener in the fourth minute and the sixth in the 80th — and Ilkay Gundogan also netted.
It was Chelsea’s third consecutive away loss in the league, following a 2-0 collapse at Arsenal and 4-0 humiliation against Bournemouth.
And Sarri completing his first season in charge is now far from certain.
“I don’t know, you have to ask the club,” said Sarri, who was hired after leaving Napoli. “I am worried about my team, I am worried about the performance but my job is always at risk so I am not worried about the club — you have to ask the club.”
Chelsea had not lost by six goals or more since April 1991 when Nottingham Forest beat the west London club 7-0.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Christian Eriksen created the opener before scoring himself as Tottenham beat Leicester 3-1, putting the north London club five points behind front-runners Manchester City and Liverpool.
• Barcelona needed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put in a superb performance as it still dropped points in a 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league. Barcelona left San Mames Stadium six points ahead of Real Madrid, which moved past Atlético Madrid into second place by winning the capital derby Saturday.
• Cristiano Ronaldo had a hand in all three goals as Juventus cruised to a 3-0 win at Sassuolo in Italy’s Serie A.
• Werder Bremen continued its birthday celebrations with a 4-0 rout of Augsburg in the Bundesliga.
Cavani hurt: Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani will miss Tuesday’s Champions League match against Manchester United after damaging a tendon in his right hip.
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