Manchester City showed they are up for the title challenge after cruising to a 3-0 victory over defending champions Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
- Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea
- Aguero misses hat-trick of early chances
- Aguero finally opens the scoring
- Kompany doubles City's lead
- Fernandinho seals comfortable victory
Sergio Aguero was denied by Blues goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on three occasions early on before the Argentine ace finally broke the deadlock with a good finish just after the half-hour mark.
City skipper Vincent Kompany doubled their lead with a header from a corner 11 minutes from time, with Fernandinho wrapping up the win with a powerful strike in the closing stages.
The hosts started strongly and were causing problems in the opening stages, with David Silva playing Aguero through on goal in the second minute, but Begovic came off his line to make the block before Jesus Navas pulled his shot wide of the far post on the follow-up.
On the quarter-hour mark Aleksandar Kolarov picked out Aguero with a low delivery from the left, with the striker turning his marker and firing off a shot that was well saved by Begovic.
Moments later Begovic was in action again as he pulled off a smart one-handed save to keep out Aguero again following Navas' low cross in from the right.
Jose Mourinho's side were second best for most of the contest and they rarely threatened City's goal, with one such chance falling to Nemanja Matic, who was unable to head Eden Hazard's left-wing cross on target after 20 minutes.
Aguero missed a glorious opportunity to open the scoring soon afterwards when he got on the end of Kolarov's free-kick, but side-footed wide of the left post with just Joe Hart to beat.
However, the Premier League's top scorer last season finally managed to beat Hart on 32 minutes, combining well with Yaya Toure on the edge of the area, before controlling the ball and slotting home neatly inside the left post.
The closest Chelsea came to a response in the first half was when Cesc Fabregas found space for a shot outside the area, but pulled the ball wide of the left upright.
The opening stanza drew to a close with Eliaquim Mangala beating Hart to Kolarov's free-kick from the left, but steered his header just wide of the right post.
Ramires had the ball in the back of the net five minutes after the restart but the goal was ruled out after he had strayed offside in latching onto Hazard's pass over the top.
Toure gave Begovic some more work to do on the hour mark with a fierce strike from the edge of the area, before Aguero curled his left-footed effort the wrong side of the right post following a counter-attack.
Hart had to be alert to keep out Hazard from inside the area 10 minutes later after the Belgian star had been set up by Diego Costa out on the left.
Back up at the other end City then scored again with 11 minutes remaining, with Kompany guiding his header inside the far post from Silva's out-swinging corner on the left.
Begovic was called into action again moments later as he pushed a curling effort from Toure away to safety, but he was beaten again on 85 minutes when Fernandinho capitalised on a mistake by Branislav Ivanovic to rifle the ball beyond the keeper from the edge of the area.