Chelsea defeat to Manchester City bordering on disgraceful, says Souness

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A hat-trick from Sergio Aguero saw Manchester City ease to a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge, leaving the Sky Sports pundit deeply unimpressed.

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness claims Chelsea's display during their defeat to Manchester City on Saturday was "bordering on disgraceful", adding that several new arrivals will be needed to ensure the Blues are competitive once again.

A Sergio Aguero hat-trick was enough to seal a largely comfortable win for the visitors at Stamford Bridge, which also saw goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sent off.

Italy boss Antonio Conte is due to take the helm in West London after Euro 2016 this summer, and the former Newcastle boss is convinced that new recruits will be needed if Chelsea are to once again compete for honours.

Working as a pundit for Sky Sports' Saturday Night Football coverage, he said: "There is a nucleus of a very good team there. "But for them to get anywhere near the big trophies like the Premier League and Champions League, there has to be several new faces.

"It was a team with something to play for against a team going through the motions. Some of Chelsea's play was bordering on a disgrace.

"It was a good game for City, off the back of a really good win and qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions League. They have their tails up, but they met a Chelsea team with players who you would expect to be at it - and they weren't."

The Liverpool legend was particularly disappointed by the performances of some of Chelsea's more senior team members, adding that Nemanja Matic should be considered for a more prominent role in the side.

"The ones that have been good in the past have to step up to the mark again. Diego Costa went through the motions today, Eden Hazard, the Player of the Year last year, is coming back, and I don't understand why (Nemanja) Matic doesn't play in the more difficult games. He was missed greatly today.

"That combination of (Jon Obi) Mikel and (Cesc) Fabregas got overrun. They didn't take part in the game and that was the biggest problem for me; that area in front of the centre-backs was vacant all the time."

A second consecutive league defeat leaves Chelsea 10th in the Premier League, 33 points behind the total achieved at the same stage of last season's successful title win.

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