Gerrard curse at Liverpool? Chelsea over the line? Five things we learnt on the weekend

Was the weekend gone the one that decided the Premier League title race? If Chelsea do end up champions, it’s likely we will look back at the day they saw off Arsenal with consummate ease as one of the biggest steps on their way to lifting the trophy.

This was, of course, the case on Saturday in the first match of the Premier League weekend, with goals from Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard (the latter’s is a contender for Goal of the Season) enough to edge out the Gunners, who were the Blues’ closest challengers – level on points with Spurs – before a ball was kicked. The gulf in quality was clear for all to see and with Liverpool, another side with ambitions of catching the west London club, beaten by Hull later on in the day, Antonio Conte may well be planning the open top bus parade already…

Sticking with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, the German manager’s gegenpress was made to look a gegen-mess at the KCOM Stadium, with Marco Silva’s Tigers pulling off the routine of sit back, absorb pressure and wait for the Merseysiders to hand out goals perfectly. Although there’s more to it than a Steven Gerrard curse, the Kop idol’s return to the club as a coach has coincided with four losses and a draw…

Elsewhere Manchester United won again to move from sixth to… sixth, while Spurs kept up their pursuit of Chelsea with a narrow victory over Middlesbrough.

As always, we have @RyanJayBailey in the house for his Monday round-up… ENJOY!

 


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