The Premier League weekend saw an interesting run of events where Chelsea consolidated their lead at the top of the table with a win over a resurgent Swansea. Elsewhere Leicester City recorded only their second win of 2017 after they beat a struggling Liverpool 3-1. Hull managed to draw 1-1 with Burnley while Crystal Palace, Everton and West Brom also recorded wins.Tottenham thrashed Stoke City 4-0 courtesy of a Harry Kane hat-trick. West Ham were held by Watford but managed to climb in the top half of the table thereby easing pressure on Slaven Bilic.
Here are five things we learned from the Premier League weekend:
1) The title race is almost over
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— bet365 (@bet365) February 25, 2017
Jose Mourinho has admitted that Chelsea are already Champions and the performance they showcased against Swansea, it further gave evidence to his point. Chelsea have been rampant all season and it seems only a matter of time before they seal the title. Chelsea were excellent against Swansea, with Cesc Fabregas having his best game of the season and the defence being as solid as ever. Conte must have been livid at half-time after Chelsea conceded a lazy goal right at the stroke of the break but his players responded brilliantly in the second half. Now with a lead of ten points over their nearest rivals Tottenham, it is Chelsea's title to lose.
2) Harry Kane can be a Tottenham legend
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 27, 2017
A hat-trick against Stoke City took his Premier League tally to 17 goals and he is now the top goal scorer this season. Kane showcased all his qualities whether it was his hold up play or his finishing. Kane is only 23 and he is bound to be tracked by a number of clubs, but if he does not follow the footsteps of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, he can well be a legend at the club. The problem with Tottenham is that they are too dependent on him and fellow English star Dele Alli and need more goalscoring players to win the Premier League title.
3) Leicester City showed the form of last season
Vardy scores. Leicester lead. Never rated Ranieri.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 27, 2017
The sacking of Claudio Ranieri has come under intense criticism and a number of fans and experts are blaming the Leicester stars for backstabbing him. But the players did not let all this talk, affect them as they cruised past Jurgen Klopp' s side to move 2 points clear of the relegation zone. While Liverpool were largely poor, Leicester showed desire and proved that they can still be extremely dangerous on their day. Two well-taken goals from Jamie Vardy and a stunner from Danny Drinkwater ensured all three points for Leicester. If they still manage to have a good remainder of the season, then their fans might forgive them for all that has happened this season.
4) Hull can survive under Marco Silva
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 25, 2017
The Spaniard has brought a new energy to the Hull side and his micro man-management can still keep them in the Premier League. Hull have largely struggled this season and also lost their talisman Robert Snodgrass to West Ham in January. But the appointment of Marco Silva has given fans a glimmer of hope and the way his side are playing, they just might avoid the drop. They haven't been extremely poor this season and have been quite unlucky at times, which leaves them tottering in the bottom three, but if they can turn their fortunes around and manage to avoid the drop, then the credit must go to their manager.
5) Liverpool are struggling and need to find a solution
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— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 27, 2017
The loss to Leicester City completely dented Liverpool's title hopes and left fans craving for a Premier League for another year. Liverpool's major problem is that they are extremely inconsistent. On their day, they can thrash any team in the league, but they have lost to Burnley, Swansea and Leicester this season, games you expect them to win. Jordan Henderson's injury further adds to their woes and the defence is extremely shaky. Philipe Coutinho has struggled since his return from injury and Firmino, Lallana and Mane have been hot and cold. Liverpool have the quality to be Premier League champions but Klopp needs to sort out the issues, especially by spending over defenders in the summer.