Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to condemn Guus Hiddink to his first back-to-back league loss in 12 years.
The Argentine and his City teammates were in impressive form, coming on the heels of the Champions League triumph over PSG and their maiden qualification to the semifinals of the competition.
With Chelsea looking a lot more formidable – at least on paper – than they were against Swansea City last weekend, with Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and Willian all returning to the first team, but it wasn’t to be a good day at the Bridge as they met a rampant City side.
Both sides started quite well in the game, as they attacked each other’s goal with Joe Hart and Thibaut Courtois called into action early in the game, but it was the latter who was the busiest in the opening exchanges.
Despite spearheading the outgoing Champions’ attack, Diego Costa looked far from his best, as youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek – starting his second straight game – looked Chelsea’s best attacking outlet as he got the better of Nicolas Otamendi on several occasions.
The game wore on with City looking the better side and posing more threat, even though Chelsea were having a few of their own and with only eight minutes to half time, Aguero struck with a beautiful finish after some nice work from Kevin de Bruyne and Jesus Navas to give City the lead.
Both teams headed into the half time break with City still in the lead and despite Chelsea attempts to back into the game, it was City and Aguero again with struck just nine minutes into the second half.
The diminutive striker showed great composure inside the Chelsea area after being put through by Samir Nasri to slot past the hapless Courtois to make it 2-0.
The Belgian’s nightmare continued with just a few minutes left on the clock as he was shown a straight red card for upending the advancing Fernandinho inside the box.
Aguero stepped forward and sent the substitute goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic the wrong way for his hat-trick and City’s third of the evening. It was his 26th goal for the club in all competitions this season.
The win now takes City to third on the table, as they leapfrog Arsenal and are now within five points of Tottenham Hotspur, who play on Monday. The Gunners will however return to third if they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday.