Chelsea left Manchester City red-faced and red-carded - as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's tactical set-up proved too much for Pep Guardiola's City.
Guardiola's defensive set up saw a back three of John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolorov protected by Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho.
Aside from this, the side consisted of forwards - namely, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Leroy Sane.
The latter duo were deployed in unfamiliar wing back roles, in an apparent attempt to match Antonio Conte's recently successful 3-4-3.
However, Guardiola's gloriously attacking line-up was completely overrun by Chelsea's dominance and forward impetus; as Diego Costa and Eden Hazard took full advantage of Manchester City's inconsistent defending and overall poor display from the home team's superstars - typified by De Bruyne's stand-out miss in the second half.
De Bruyne's miss, five yards from goal, would have given City a 2-0 lead, following a Gary Cahill own goal just before half-time.
Shortly after Diego Costa's equaliser, Pep Guardiola replaced Leroy Sane with Gael Clichy - after which point the encounter swung completely in Chelsea's favour, as further goals from Willian and Hazard gave Chelsea their eighth win in a row.
Manchester City's frustration boiled over towards the end of the match, with Aguero and Fernandinho seeing red cards after an awful challenge by City's number 10 instigated a touchline brawl.
However, despite the drama of the clash, it was City's Sane who came in for significant praise on Twitter.
Sane, a £37 million pound signing from German side Schalke, looked threatening with the ball at his feet - and the 19-year-old's pace and trickery troubled Chelsea's Victor Moses on numerous occasions.
Perhaps Sane's display will be enough to oust the likes of Navas and Raheem Sterling in future forward roles - as the German teenager will not want to be handicapped by playing out of position on too many more occasions.
Here's a taste of the Twitter reaction to Manchester City's Sane's showing against Chelsea:
Sane gliding past Chelsea defenders like pylons. Amazing what a bit of confidence can do #MCFC— Terry Dunfield (@terry_dunfield) 3 December 2016
Leroy Sane is at least 10 times better than Sterling— Kemal (@kVelic_) 3 December 2016
Leroy Sane became Messi for 10 seconds— Gaurav Krishnan (@gaurav_krishnan) 3 December 2016
Leroy Sane is just class— Stephen Leary (@MrandMrsEverton) 3 December 2016
Leroy Sane is running through Chelsea's midfield like it's nothing— Tom Petty (@TJ_Bass316) 3 December 2016
How good is Leroy Sane— Bearded Villain (@Gamst_10) 3 December 2016
Oh dear Pep brings in Clichy for Leroy Sane and in a matter of seconds he concedes. Welcome to the Premier League man!!— MBM (@bmusonza) 3 December 2016
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