Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City will rank as one of the worst moments in his career.
If there were any doubts that Man City would go softly in the night and relinquish their Premier League title without so much as a fight, then they were well and truly put to bed on Sunday night at the Etihad Stadium.
Inside 25 minutes the reigning champions were 4-0 ahead; by the hour mark Sergio Aguero had scored his 11th Premier League hat-trick, and before the final whistle Raheem Sterling made it six without reply.
It was a truly stunning defeat in which Chelsea never looked like competing, suffering their third consecutive loss away from home while conceding twelve unanswered goals.
A stunned Azpilicueta summed up how dreadful the performance was, calling the result “unacceptable”:
“It is one of the worst nights in my career. It is difficult to explain what happened,” the Spanish defender told Sky Sports.
“The first five or six minutes went well but that is not enough. It is very frustrating and disappointing. We are conceding a lot of goals and we cannot accept that.
“When you lose 6-0 we have to accept we didn’t play well and made errors. We knew it would be tough. When we won at Stamford Bridge it was because we played well and were together. Today was not the case.
“All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable.”