Manchester City stun Chelsea with four in first half

They had been 11 points off fourth when Jose Mourinho was sacked, but Solskjaer's side have dropped just two points since his December appointment and Matic was buoyed by this latest win.

Chelsea have lost three of their last six Premier League games, all away from home, meaning they sit outside of the top four, a point behind Manchester United.

"We have options. So, maybe they have more options than us".

"There were a lot of things we had to improve".

"You just feel that in the game and it's normal. We want to play convincing football, we want to perform and that was the reaction we wanted to show".

Alisson has called on his teammates to remain calm after Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League following Saturday's 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. "He is fast, he is strong in the air and when he sees the game in front of him, his vision for the pass inside or the switch of play is excellent".

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.

"You know very well that the midfield of Manchester City is one of the best in the world", he said. "You could straight away see Pep was an wonderful coach".

Bournemouth began the game well, setting up in a 4-5-1 formation and successfully frustrating Liverpool in the early going.

The Senegal worldwide headed home at the near post following a James Milner cross after Bournemouth had failed to clear a corner.

"City have had a big week with games against Arsenal and Everton, but they were able to start with Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on the bench against the Toffees, so at least those two will be fairly fresh", Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

Survival is looking increasingly unlikely as the weeks go by and some of the Craven Cottage faithful turned on the Italian during the second half. So when people say that we underestimated Newcastle, we underestimated teams in Europe or whatever, I say we are in the Carabao Cup final and in all the competitions we are fighting. "When I retire I will think of these titles".

Vanessa Coleman