Premier League leaders Chelsea moved eight points clear at the summit courtesy of a 2-0 victory over struggling Hull on Sunday.
Antonio Conte welcomed striker Diego Costa back into his starting eleven after missing the trip to Leicester last weekend, and the Spaniard repaid his manager’s faith with the opener at Stamford Bridge.
Gary Cahill nodded home a second nine minutes later to secure an 18th win of the campaign for the Blues, who have stamped their complete authority on the title race.
That’s because second place Tottenham and third place Liverpool both dropped points over the weekend, with Spurs coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds went down 3-2 at home to bottom side Swansea.
It now means that Arsenal are up to second after they left it late to beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, with Alexis Sanchez’s 98th minute penalty securing the three points, while sixth place Manchester United needed a record-breaking Wayne Rooney goal to snatch a 1-1 draw at Stoke.
Everton recorded a third successive league win at the expense of Crystal Palace, while West Brom remain eighth after beating relegation-threatened Sunderland 2-0 at the Hawthorns – a result which sees David Moyes’ side fall to the bottom of the division.
Elsewhere, Southampton picked up their first league win of 2017 by comfortably dispatching champions Leicester 3-0 at St Mary’s, West Ham moved into the top half with a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, and Bournemouth twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Watford.
In what was a thrilling weekend of Premier League action, many supporters took to social media to express their views, with Chelsea and specifically Costa provoking quite the response of Twitter…
— Steven Payne (@xSLPunk) January 22, 2017
Top of the table. 8 points clear. Costa back amongst the goals. Great day. #CFC
— RafayBaakza (@rafayb7) January 22, 2017
— Declan McCarthy (@dec11mcc) January 22, 2017
Played decently today, Hull were difficult to break down but once Costa scored we were ok. 8 points clear now, onto the next one #cfc
— Guy Routledge (@GuyRoutledge1) January 22, 2017
Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record as Manchester United’s all-time top goal-scorer at the weekend, and Twitter saluted the England captain for a sensational achievement…
The greatest part of the day is Rooney's record breaking 250th strike #MUFC
— Khaled Satter (@kaoss_s) January 21, 2017
Can't see Rooney's goal record be broken for a long time. The consistency to score over 250 goals in the EPL is something special #MUFC
— Dan (@DanMUFC68) January 22, 2017
Congratulations to Wayne Rooney for surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton record tally of 249 goals for Manchester United. True legend. #mufc
— Senzo Memeza (@Senzo31) January 22, 2017
Arsenal left it very late to see off Sean Dyche’s Burnley, yet the win was still met by mixed reactions from some Gunners fans…
Just home from game. Decent performance and frantic end to game but important to get 3 points. Man of the Match for me is Mustafi #AFC
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal49News) January 22, 2017
We won, but not a great performance. Need to improve quickly. #AFC
— RobAnt80 (@RobAnt80) January 22, 2017
— Yila Bako (@yilabako) January 22, 2017
Manchester City drew 2-2 at home to in-form Tottenham on Saturday evening, and many City supporters were delighted with their side’s display…
— Manchester City Pune (@ManCityPune) January 22, 2017
Some performance from city this evening, we didn't get the result we desivered but we are back to nearly our best # in pep we trust #MCFC
— Niall Whyte (@nialliwhyte) January 22, 2017
How we didn't win that I'll never know, but what a performance looking more of a force and can only get better! #mcfc
— ROB MASON! (@RobDogg92) January 21, 2017
While some Spurs fans valued the result more than their team’s performance at the Etihad Stadium…
— G13NN H (@GlennHutton) January 21, 2017
— Patrick Owgan (@PaddyOwgan) January 21, 2017
It was not a good weekend for Liverpool, who lost 3-2 at home to Swansea and Saturday, and it was unsurprisingly met by angry and frustrated reactions from Reds fans…
Disgusting performance from the reds today can't have league aspirations with home defeats as poor as that #LFC
— pwez (@PwezP) January 21, 2017
Shocking performance today,Took us to 2-0 down to create a chance against a poor team and then bottled it again at 2-2! #LFC
— Graham Mortin (@grahamlfc85) January 21, 2017
Back from the game, such a bad performance, the whole balance of the team was wrong, not played well for weeks now #lfc
— David Kelly (@dayjkelly) January 21, 2017