Kieran Trippier's corner was played short to Eriksen, who floated in an inviting cross for Davison Sanchez to power home a diving head for his first Tottenham goal in the 33rd minute.
"You have to ask the club".
It also saw him become City's leading scorer in league football with 160 goals, extending his overall tally for the club to 222 in the process.
That was as much of a response as Chelsea mustered, though, and it only got worse for Sarri's chances of keeping his job in the second period. "All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable".
They were in trouble after just four minutes on Sunday as Sterling opened the scoring. We can not accept that.
"I don't know", he said.
Frank Lampard has played down speculation linking him with a return to Chelsea, insisting he is only focused on Derby County despite being viewed as a candidate to replace Maurizio Sarri. Any decision over Sarri's future would still be taken by Roman Abramovich, despite the fact the owner has not attended a game this season and now spends the vast majority of his time in Russian Federation and Israel. I'm anxious about the performance. "For the moment I have to say only sorry". "I want to play my football".
Chelsea's Hazard relishing partnership with Higuain
He then also expressed his views on Higuain and said " Chelsea is not about Higuain and Hazard, it is about 25 players". Asked why he connects with Higuain better than with Morata, Sarri added: "Mentally, I think that we're the same".
Pep Guardiola had described this match as a "final" for his side given that Chelsea had a week to prepare, while City ground out a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday.
"The Arsenal team that has got battered away from home in the last seven or eight years because they have been too weak".
"But people don't understand how hard it is to do something - my first year was hard too".
Yet, Sarri has also done little to stem the tide, steadfastly refusing to change his approach to the game.
Pochettino's side took the lead through Davinson Sanchez's first goal for the club, but they were indebted to Hugo Lloris for saving Jamie Vardy's spot-kick after the interval at Wembley.
City brushed aside a surprisingly poor Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, doing most of the damage in a whirlwind opening 25 minutes that yielded four goals.
The former Leicester midfielder has proven himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but under Sarri has been used in a more advanced role because Jorginho, who arrived from Napoli in the summer, is a key cog in the manager's fast-paced possession-based system, sometimes known as "Sarrismo".