Manchester City 4-0 Chelsea: Riyad Mahrez scores twice as sorry Blues thrashed

Julian Alvarez's penalty was his first goal since scoring twice in Argentina's 3-0 World Cup quarter-final win over Croatia on 13 December
Julian Alvarez’s penalty was his first goal since scoring twice in Argentina’s 3-0 World Cup quarter-final win over Croatia on 13 December

Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup fourth round with a routine victory over a desperately poor Chelsea at Etihad Stadium.

This was a far cry from what has traditionally been a hugely competitive meeting between two Premier League giants as City wrapped up a tie with either Oxford United or Arsenal in the next round by the interval.

City’s win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday was hard-fought but this was a stroll, Riyad Mahrez setting them on their way with a brilliant 23rd-minute free-kick before World Cup winner Julian Alvarez scored a second from the spot seven minutes later following Kai Havertz’s handball.

Phil Foden scored City’s third after 38 minutes, turning in Kyle Walker’s cross after he had been played in by Thursday’s match-winner Mahrez, who got his second from the spot late on after Kalidou Koulibaly clumsy bundled Foden to the floor.

It was a chastening day for Chelsea, boss Graham Potter and their traveling support, who chanted the name of Thomas Tuchel, the Champions League-winning manager sacked by new owner Todd Boehly in September.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Manchester City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 18Ortega
  • 2Walkers
  • 25Akanji
  • 14Laporte
  • 21GomezSubstituted forI cancelat 59′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 20Bernard SilvaBooked at 70minsSubstituted forLewisat 86′minutes
  • 16RodriBooked at 54minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 58′minutes
  • 47Foden
  • 26Mahrez
  • 19Álvarez
  • 80Palmer

Substitutes

  • 4Phillips
  • 5Stones
  • 6Ake
  • 7I cancel
  • 8Gundogan
  • 9Haaland
  • 17DeBruyne
  • 31Ederson
  • 82Lewis

Chelsea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 14Chalobah
  • 42Humphreys
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 67Hall
  • 23GallagherBooked at 62mins
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 63′minutes
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forFofanaat 45′minutes
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forHutchinsonat 63′minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forZakariaat 45′minutes
  • 19mountSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Badiashile
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 20Zakaria
  • 27Fofana
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 32Cucurella
  • 56Hutchinson

Referees:
Robert Jones

Attendance:
51.505

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