Chelsea's poor start to the English Premier League season has continued with a 3-0 thumping by Manchester City to leave Jose Mourinho's misfiring champions with one point from their opening two games.
Sergio Aguero's superb finish gave City a deserved 31st-minute lead and Vincent Kompany's second goal in two games sealed the points for Manuel Pellegrini's side before Fernandinho completed the rout.
"3-0 is completely fake," Mourinho said.
Speaking to Chelsea's TV channel later, he added: "In the second half we controlled every aspect of the game."
"Then one corner, one mistake and 2-0. The best team in the first half won and the best team in the second half lost."
Mourinho made the bold move to sub off defender John Terry during the game, for youngster Kurt Zouma.
"I had to decide on John or (Gary) Cahill because Zouma is the fastest player we have in our defensive line," Mourinho said.
"The point was not to bring John out but to bring Zouma in. I wanted to have my fastest player on the pitch.
"I'm the one that plays John every game, made him captain, brought him back from a difficult situation with other managers."
Cheers rang around the Etihad Stadium as City put down an ominous marker, moving top of the table on goal difference with a maximum six-point haul and six unanswered goals.
City, the 2014 champions, are five points above Chelsea having trailed the London club for the whole of last season before finishing runners-up.
City are now alongside Leicester and Manchester United on six points while Chelsea have just one point to their name.
Arsenal, the side most fancied to battle Chelsea and City for the title, earlier kick-started their season with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace - the points decided by Palace defender Damien Delaney's own goal.
Olivier Giroud had given the Gunners, beaten at home by West Ham United on the opening weekend, the lead, only for Joel Ward to equalise against the run of play.