Souness’ Chelsea ‘also-ran’ prediction proves spot on after Man City thrashing

Graeme Souness feared Chelsea's under-performing stars would go missing against Manchester City – and he was proved spot on.

The Blues' miserable form continued on Sunday as Pep Guardiola's City secured a stunning 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge, a result that piles the pressure on Frank Lampard.

And, speaking before the game, Souness raised concerns over Chelsea's misfiring strikers, including Timo Werner, and how they would perform against their rivals.

He told Sky Sports: "You pay big money for players for these games. This is a game that decides whether you're going to be a winner, or just an also-ran. You've got to beat the teams around you.

"We'll see if Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech are consistent performers at this level, and that's what you have to be. We'll find out today.

"I wouldn't say Werner is a silky finisher, he doesn't strike me as someone who is a really silky, clinical finisher.

"He gets there a lot, but he misses too many. Maybe this is just his first year of learning, but he's got to be a regular scorer at this level against big teams."

Ultimately, he was spot on, as Werner and Co barely had a sniff at goal against City.

Werner has been disappointing following his £53million arrival from RB Leipzig.

The forward scored four times in his first eight Premier League games, but hasn’t found the net since.

Once again, he failed to hit the target for the Blues, who have now dropped down to eighth place and seven points behind joint leaders Liverpool and Manchester United – who both have a game in hand.

Against City, they were taught a lesson as Guardiola's men took a stunning three-goal lead in the first half.

Ilkay Gundogan fired City into an early 1-0 lead, drilling in on the turn from the edge of the area following a neat assist from Phil Foden.

Foden doubled City's lead almost immediately, sweeping home in style from Kevin De Bruyne's low cross to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

The hosts' first half went from poor to horrendous when De Bruyne slotted City's third goal. The visitors broke at pace from a Chelsea attack, with one pass all that was required to send Raheem Sterling racing clear.

England forward Sterling checked his run in the box under pressure from Edouard Mendy, but still managed to whip a shot onto the post.

De Bruyne was first to the rebound to sweep home and put City 3-0 to the good, after just 34 minutes.

Callum Hudson-Odoi pulled a goal back in stopped time but it was too little, too late.

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