Gallery: Rampant City hit Chelsea for six

Manchester City star David Silva

There was no repeat of the lengthy dressing-room inquest between Sarri and his players that followed Chelsea's shock 4-0 loss to Bournemouth earlier this month.

Sergio Aguero was today's hat-trick hero, equaling Alan Shearer's all-time record of 11 Premier League hat-tricks. Sarri's purist form of football, with goals, pace and ambition, worked well at Napoli - even though he did not win a trophy - but has not translated itself to English football.

"So now we need only to understand the reason why at the moment it isn't working".

"I spoke with [Sarri's assistant] Gianfranco [Zola] and it's no problem", Guardiola said.

"Something is changing. At the moment I am not able to see the reason but I have to work for this because my target is to play my football, not to change another football because at the moment we are playing another football". We need to understand and the reason is not easy.

"I came to Manchester City - the bosses, chairman, [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain], he knows me".

"I am anxious about my team and I am anxious about the performance". They (Chelsea) beat us at Stamford Bridge, but people don't understand how hard it is.

The Argentine striker's afternoon got much better soon after, however, curving home a sublime 25-yard effort before poaching a third to become City's all-time leading league scorer. The loss left them outside the Champions League places and the pressure is mounting on manager Sarri.

"When you lose 6-0 we have to accept we didn't play well and made errors". This kind of person or this type of game always helps to make our football better.

"Obviously he [Sarri] is just over halfway through his first season but. the worst thing I can say is it looks like he's turned Chelsea into Arsenal". "My first year was hard too".

"The people expect that it immediately comes, it needs time".

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in December, it appeared Chelsea were in a straight tussle with Arsenal for fourth spot, with Sarri's side three points ahead of their London rivals and 11 above United.

The Italian was probed as to whether his job could be in danger during a post-match interview with Sky Sports and admitted talks with the club's hierarchy are likely to be held, though he stressed that was a "normal" outcome after a game.

City could do with a favour from Manchester United, who host Liverpool at Old Trafford later in February.

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

"He played the last two games and was key".

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