Chelsea continued their charge towards the Premier League title with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Stoke City on Saturday.
Antonio Conte’s men knew that a 22nd win of the campaign would take them 13 points clear at the top, and goals from Willian and Gary Cahill held off Mark Hughes’ side to secure a massive three points.
Their 13-point lead didn’t last too long though, as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham got the better of Southampton 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with strikes from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli proving that Spurs can still win and get the goals even without star man Harry Kane.
Third place Manchester City and fourth place Liverpool played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with James Milner’s penalty cancelled out by Sergio Aguero’s 13th league goal of the campaign, leaving the Reds just four points ahead of Manchester United in fifth after they beat Middlesbrough 3-1 on Sunday.
The Red Devils finally moved out of sixth and replace Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in fifth after they suffered a fourth defeat in five league games on Saturday, meekly losing 3-1 at West Brom, who remain seven points behind Everton in seventh after they thumped struggling Hull 4-0 at Goodison Park.
Elsewhere, Sunderland remain bottom after only managing a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley, while 17th place Swansea were unable to pull clear of the relegation zone after losing 2-0 at Bournemouth.
Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace secured a third straight victory by seeing off Watford 1-0 at Selhurst Park, while champions Leicester continued their resurgence under new boss Craig Shakespeare with a 3-2 success at West Ham, their first away league win of the season.
Clearly, it was an exciting and fascinating weekend of Premier League action, and several supporters took to Twitter to express their views on the weekend’s matches, with City’s 1-1 draw coming in for high praise from some home fans…
On the whole I was impressed by the performance. Especially after Wednesday night #mcfc
— Michael Fitzmaurice (@mickyfitz) March 19, 2017
City showed great character today, to come from behind and almost win the match with poor decisions and everyone absolutely knackered #mcfc
— will horsfield (@will_horsfield) March 19, 2017
While many were rightly complimentary of John Stones’ performance at the Etihad on Sunday…
One of John Stones' best games for #mcfc. Could have scored, but some important interceptions.
— Abdullahi m. Hayatu (@babanzara) March 19, 2017
Thought Stones was outstanding today. He definitely put in a man of the match performance. #MCFC
— matthew shedden (@shedlemon) March 19, 2017
Stones was quality again today!#MCFC
— Gary MacGregor (@GaryMacG) March 19, 2017
And Liverpool fans were also reasonably satisfied with a point from a thrilling encounter in Manchester…
Pleasing performance from LFC today. Draw the fair result but each and every player performed well for us. Evident progress. #LFC
— Dan Healy (@dhealy09) March 19, 2017
— LFC Barcelona (@LFC_Barcelona) March 19, 2017
Gutted we didn't win today but good performance still, Can in that no.6 role is working well, Hendo and Can together just doesn't work #LFC
— Ross (@RosssYoungx) March 19, 2017
Chelsea secured a huge win at Stoke on Saturday, with many eluding to their champion-like qualities to get the job done at the bet365 Stadium…
— Andrew (@ADfowler85) March 18, 2017
— TheBluesHQ (@TheBluesHQ) March 18, 2017
— Chris Francis (@Chri3youtwit) March 18, 2017
Important win and 3 crucial points. Good performance and real determination from the players. and we're 13 points clear. #CFC
— ➑ Siyadha Salim ➑ (@Siyadha) March 18, 2017
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United finally left sixth place behind them by moving up to fifth on Sunday, with several Red Devils supporters delighted with the win even if the performance wasn’t as good…
Still feeling slightly shocked that we actually took the chance to move up the table. About time. Great performance as well. #MUFC
— JamesHames (@JdotJames123) March 19, 2017
Thought we deserved to win, Boro were always in the game and really turned it on after our second but strong performance today #MUFC
— SamiMUFC82 (@SamiMUFC82) March 19, 2017
Thought Lingard/Rashford/Young were brilliant. Carrick's calm presence even brought a composed performance from Fellaini #MUFC
— Hasinuddin Kazi (@HasinNoComment) March 19, 2017
And it is Arsenal who they have replaced in fifth after their abject display in defeat at West Brom on Saturday, with Wenger’s future as boss once again subject to debate on Twitter…
— james hooper (@jimthegooner77) March 18, 2017
Sounds like another pathetic performance from Arsenal so we get a new manager will they get money to spend we need leaders in the team #AFC
— Tamara Tarr (@Tarr7) March 18, 2017
— Chris Ead (@cjead10) March 18, 2017
— Jamanti (@bubacar_fofana) March 18, 2017