Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola masterminded a win over Chelsea for the second time in 72 hours, granting the Sky Blues safe passage to the FA Cup fourth round thanks to a resounding 4-0 victory and dumping the visitors out at the third-round stage for the first time in 25 years.
The first warning shot was fired when Cole Palmer found the side-netting after latching onto a through ball, but the opener came minutes later via a stunning Riyad Mahrez free-kick – his seventh goal of the season and fifth in cup competitions.
As the interval closed in, City approached their rampant best and a scintillating team goal saw Phil Foden tap in Kyle Walker’s cross to put daylight between the sides before Chelsea trudged off the pitch without so much as a first-half shot on goal.
City slipped into cruise control after the break but Potter’s pep talk did at least see Chelsea manufacture a shot at goal, with Mason Mount flashing his effort wide after a quick free-kick.
Chelsea, meanwhile, drew a blank against Sunday’s opponents for the fifth game running and their last goal against the Cityzens remains Havertz’s winner in the 2021 UEFA Champions League final.