Man City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad yesterday, which saw Sergio Aguero score his 11th Premier League hat-trick in the process.
Can Aguero surpass Shearer’s record already this season?
Alan Shearer scored his 11th and last hat-trick in the Premier League in September 1999 when Newcastle hosted Sheffield Wednesday, thus setting a record for most hat-tricks in the English top flight.
Since his retirement in 2006, no player has managed to reach that benchmark. But now it seems it’s just a matter of time before the record gets broken, after Man City’s Sergio Aguero found the back of the net 3 times in Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at the Etihad, which made it his 11th hat-trick in the Premier League.
It also marked his 2nd hat-trick in 2019 and 3rd overall this campaign, according to online sportsbook news. From 23 EPL games played this season, Aguero has 17 goals to his name, while across all competitions he’s bagged 23 in 30 appearances.
When asked by reporters post-match about his achievement thus far and being on the verge of breaking Shearer’s hat-trick record, Aguero remained calm and humble. He credited the collective effort and emphasized that getting 3 points from a match is more important than individual feats.
“The important thing is to keep the ball, and more important is the win,” said the 30-year-old striker. “It’s just.. I have to continue the same way, it’s important to win.”
The Premier League title race heats up
Man City now sit top of the Premier League table with 65 points with a game more than their title rivals Liverpool, who are in second with the same amount of points (the former is first due to goal difference).
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Many football experts agree that Man City will manage to defend their title, simply due to the way they’ve been playing and their winning mentality that is perpetuated by Pep Guardiola. There are still 12 rounds until the end, and with the Champions League returning this week it could put greater pressure on sides at the top of the table, meaning things could still change.
Will Chelsea sack Maurizio Sarri?
Chelsea have a long history of firing managers whenever things start to go bad for them, which begs the question whether Sarri will be shown the exit door following their humiliating 6-0 defeat at the Etihad.
This was Chelsea’s third defeat in the last five games, and they’ve all been away from home as it seems they’re not able to handle the pressure away from home at the moment. The Blues suffered a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates, followed by a shocking 4-0 defeat to lowly Bournemouth on the road and the latest was the crushing result against Pep Guardiola’s side.
The way that Roman Abramovich runs the club, we could easily see Chelsea hiring an interim manager until the end of the season, with Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea’s assistant manager and their former legendary player) popping up as an option, per online sportsbooks in UK.