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Is there a doctor in the house? Manchester City leaves Jose Mourinho licking his wounds

By Jim Gracey

On a day when Jose Mourinho would have preferred the spotlight to point elsewhere after his controversial demotion of Dr Eva Carneiro, it was the Chelsea manager who came across as a suitable case for treatment.

Merciless Manchester City outplayed the champions in a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium to continue their superb start to the Barclays Premier League season.

City were convincing winners yet their manager Manuel Pellegrini was still forced to hit back at rival Mourinho's bizarre claim that the result was "completely fake".

An erratic afternoon for Chelsea also saw captain John Terry unusually subbed - for tactical reasons, Mourinho said - as they slipped five points behind City after just two games.

Delighted Pellegrini refuted Mourinho's 'fake' charge, saying: "In the first half we deserved at least three or four goals. The second half was more equal but 3-0 is the minimum we deserved."

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