League leaders Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 3-0 victory at champions Leicester on Saturday – this all without star striker Diego Costa.
Spanish forward Costa was left out of the Blues’ squad for the trip to the King Power Stadium due to a reported bust-up with manager Antonio Conte, but the leaders dealt with his absence admirably as a brace from Marcos Alonso and a strike from Pedro sealed a 17th win of the campaign for Conte’s side.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham had earlier in the day put pressure on the leaders thanks to a 4-0 thumping of West Brom, with new father Harry Kane bagging a hat-trick in an excellent Spurs performance.
Arsenal had moved up to third on Saturday after sweeping aside struggling Swansea 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium, and Paul Clement’s side are now bottom of the pile after Hull came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1 in Marco Silva’s first league game in charge.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool leapfrogged the Gunners on Sunday following a 1-1 draw away at Manchester United, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal cancelling out James Milner’s first half penalty, while Ronald Koeman’s Everton all but ended Manchester City’s title hopes with a 4-0 win at Goodison Park.
Stoke moved up to ninth following a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Sunderland, while Sean Dyche’s Burnley moved into the top half after beating Southampton 1-0 at Turf Moor, which was the Clarets’ eighth home win of the campaign.
Slaven Bilic’s West Ham moved nine points clear of the bottom three following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, while at an emotional Vicarage Road following the death of Graham Taylor in the week, Watford drew 0-0 with Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough.
In what was a thrilling weekend of action in England’s top-flight, many supporters took to Twitter to express their views on the weekend’s games, with some Chelsea fans unconcerned about Costa’s absence following their win at Leicester…
— Ollie Farrer (@OllieFarrer) January 14, 2017
Who needs Diego Costa when you have, ermm, Marcos Alonso? #cfc
— Steve Douglas (@sdouglas80) January 14, 2017
Many were delighted with an excellent display at the King Power Stadium and their perfect response to their loss at Spurs on January 4…
Costaless Chelsea in crisis narrative dead and buried. Great away performance from the boys #CFC
— Thabit Jacob (@ThabitSenior) January 14, 2017
Perfect response to all the nonsense written over the past 24 hours. What a performance. What a win. What a team. #CFC
— CFC FANTV (@CFCTVYT) January 14, 2017
Professional performance today.. Not the best but we march on in spite of all the crap being made up and said about us.. #CFC
— Conte Passion (@VesleyR_CFC) January 14, 2017
— Ray (@RayCFCSoussa) January 14, 2017
West Ham picked up a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace without star man Dimitri Payet, who in the week refused to play for the club. Like Costa, one Hammers fans praised a great display without the Frenchman…
— Dominique Holmes (@domholmestattoo) January 14, 2017
With many suggesting that Andy Carroll’s goal should rightly be a contender for Goal of the Season…
— DV (@GrailOfFutbol) January 14, 2017
Goal of the season was today. Andy Carroll wrapped it up I reckon #WHUFC
— happyplayer2 (@happyplayer2) January 14, 2017
Great technique for Carroll's goal, surely a contender at the end of the season. #WHUFC
— Tom Wood (@TJWood94) January 14, 2017
Jose Mourinho’s United needed a late leveller to rescue a point against Liverpool on Sunday, and there was a mixed reaction from both sets of supporters on Twitter…
By no means a memorable performance, but we took a point from a very tough game. Next season we'll be winning those, guaranteed. #MUFC
— Timmo (@onegoodfoot) January 16, 2017
Could of been worse, not best performance, few decent chances, strange pen to give away. Onward and upward #mufc
— The Iceman Darts (@AlanWarriner) January 15, 2017
We got away with that today, performance was poor, spirit was good – point gained! #mufc
— Neil Palmer (@neiltheviking) January 15, 2017
We should've won today, but a point and a very solid performance will do. Still all to fight for. #LFC
— Gary Alman (@garyalman) January 15, 2017
Good performance decent result. I wanted the win and thought we could do it but the draw keeps us hanging in there …. just #LFC
— Mark Lumsden (@lfclumo) January 15, 2017
Great performance today especially with No Mane, No Matip and Clyne injured. Henderson and Coutinho back looking pretty good as well #Lfc
— Red Until Dead SG (@getalifefree) January 15, 2017
Some United fans were disappointed by Paul Pogba’s lethargic display…
Thought Liverpool had the better performance but we created better chances tho where was Pogba at? Herrera played 3 guys on his own #MUFC
— Stephen Jones (@SnowySteve5) January 15, 2017
Totally have faith in Pogba. But a bad performance deserves highlighting, we need him to dominate these huge games. #MUFC
— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) January 15, 2017
Not a great performance today from us, pogba especially tbh but under mou we find a way to get back. Onwards and upwards #mufc
— Jamie (@smithy24700) January 15, 2017
… while several Reds supporters rightly praised goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold for impressive performances at Old Trafford…
So maybe all Simon Mignolet needed was some real competition. Not put a foot wrong this season. Quality yesterday. #LFC
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) January 16, 2017
Some excellent performances today but I thought apart from the odd error, Alexander-Arnold handled himself very well in such a big game #LFC
— Paul Laney (@pablfc78) January 15, 2017
Mignolet kept us in the game really, clear MOTM. No way did we deserve anything other than a win from the overall performance. #LFC
— Ed Chisholm (@ChisholmEd) January 16, 2017
— Michael Lewis (@stlouis621) January 15, 2017