Premier League leaders Chelsea got back to winning ways on Wednesday night by seeing off Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s men needed a response following their surprise loss against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and a brace from Eden Hazard either side of a Sergio Aguero strike sealed the three points for the Blues.
They remain seven points clear at the top after second place Tottenham left it very late to beat struggling Swansea 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
Paul Clement’s Swans led for much of the encounter, only for goals from Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, and Christian Eriksen in the final few minutes to secure Spurs a much-needed victory.
Liverpool remain third despite only managing a 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth, with Josh King’s late effort earning Eddie Howe’s side a deserved point, while Arsenal moved up to fifth after comfortably dispatching West Ham 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United slipped to sixth after drawing again at home, this time 1-1 against Everton on Tuesday, while eighth place West Brom suffered an 11th defeat of the season by losing 2-0 at Watford.
At the bottom, Sunderland look doomed after going down 2-0 at champions Leicester, whose recent resurgence has seen them move up to 11th, while Middlesbrough look like joining the Black Cats in the Championship next term after they lost 4-2 at Marco Silva’s Hull City on Wednesday night.
Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace remain 16th after losing 3-1 at Southampton, who moved up to ninth as a result, while Burnley picked up yet another home win by beating Stoke City 1-0 on Tuesday.
Thus, it was a frantic few days of action in England’s top-flight, and many supporters took to Twitter to express their views on proceedings, with Chelsea fans particularly thrilled to see their side get back to winning ways on Wednesday night…
— LocoOrinoco (@OrinocoSW19) April 5, 2017
— Richard Blackwell (@richi_blackwell) April 5, 2017
— KWABENA JONES (@Dougie_Triks) April 5, 2017
Some Blues supporters revelled in the display of match-winner Eden Hazard…
What a win and what a performance from Eden Hazard. That's how you bounce back from a defeat #CFC
— Hazard (@mac9776) April 5, 2017
Hazard the main man, but Cahill and Pedro were just excellent
— Toby Heath (@Toby_Heath) April 5, 2017
While City fans were left frustrated by a performance that seemed to epitomise their season…
Tonight's performance – a case study on why we should have won the league this year……….and why we didn't. #MCFC
— Bill King (@kingwgd) April 5, 2017
Poor performance from #MCFC tonight looking flat/tired. Chelsea were solid defensively once in front & shut up shop – boring but effective
— Wayne766 (@wayne766) April 5, 2017
Yet another poor performance with questionable tactics. That's our season done then. Roll on the changes in the summer. #mcfc
— James (@JDHunt__) April 5, 2017
Pathetic and frustrating performance from city. Such a feeble attempt at a performance. #mcfc
— Christopher Bennett (@chrisbezzin) April 5, 2017
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs left it very late to beat Swansea, a result which delighted many Tottenham supporters…
— ClassyEriksen (@ClassyEriksen) April 5, 2017
— Rob Colborne (@RobC888) April 5, 2017
— Steve Muino (@SteveMuino) April 5, 2017
While there was frustration among Liverpool fans after their side once again dropped points against a side outside of the top six…
Don't want the players to think just because we are temporarily in 3rd still it excuses that performance it was pathetic #LFC
— Jake Hannah (@jakehannah_) April 5, 2017
The thought of missing out on top 4 due to our disastrous performance against smaller teams just makes me sick. #LFC
— Amrut Atre (@AmrutAtre) April 5, 2017
Such a negative, spineless, pitiful performance against a 'lesser' team yet again! Will never change! #LFC
— James McGhan (@JMcGhan94) April 5, 2017
#LFC another poor performance and frustrating night at Anfield, again we are left dissatisfied by bottom table teams!
— Alan (@asmookster) April 6, 2017
And it was the case of ‘same old, same old’ at Old Trafford as Mourinho’s United were again held to a draw, their ninth of the campaign at home, and 12th overall…
— Prasit Banerjee (@PrasitBanerjee) April 5, 2017
Scraping a draw at home. Yet again. Viva United! #mufc
— W3105 (@watpoae) April 4, 2017
Again we weren't good enough today, we probably deserved the draw but didn't deserve to win #mufc
— JY (@Jy934141) April 4, 2017
— Chanda (@DizoBert) April 4, 2017