Saturday's Premier League slate was packed. With only one match on Sunday, all of the league's best teams were in action and it went well for them all. Well, all besides Chelsea.
There's a bright side, Chelsea
Let's be absolutely clear about this: Chelsea were awful. Their defending was comical, their midfield overrun and their attack non-existent. There wasn't anything positive to take from the match. But this was the first time Antonio Conte lost consecutive matches in the league since 2009 when hew as at Atalanta. Basically, he's a really good manager and he's going to need some time to install his system. So things will get better Chelsea fans, even if you rightly are left wondering why there had to be embarrassment along the way.
What a comeback by Crystal Palace
Down 2-0 away to Sunderland with only 30 minutes left, Crystal Palace should have been done for. Instead, they scored three times, capped by Christian Benteke's stoppage-time winner. Alan Pardew's men were expected to be in the relegation fight and while they look clear of it for now, remember these three points if they somehow find themselves in a fight for safety.
Liverpool are a force
Take away the loss to Burnley and how would we be talking about Liverpool? Probably as the top contenders to Manchester City for the league title. That's how good they've looked this season. Just ask Hull, who were blasted, 5-1, by Jurgen Klopp's men on Saturday. They, like other teams, have flaws that might get exposed -- hello, midfield -- but for now, it's all peachy at Anfield.
Why, Everton? Why?
For weeks, it looked like Everton were verging on something special. They looked legitimately very good and the only thing keeping us from believing in them was that they were, well, Everton. So laying an egg and losing to Bournemouth on Saturday kind of makes sense.
Let Pogba be Pogba
Paul Pogba got his first Manchester United goal on Saturday, but his impact went well beyond that. He ran the midfield, picking up loose balls, turning away counterattacks and serving as the team's primary distributor. He had the most touches of anyone on the pitch and his passes were largely going forward. When the Red Devils turn the midfield over to him and don't have someone (Wayne Rooney) dropping deep to make things congested, then Pogba can shine.
Son Heung-Min isn't going anywhere
Mauricio Pochettino admitted that Son Heung-Min wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer. He had a rough first season at White Hart Lane and wasn't sure he'd play enough to justify staying at Spurs. But over the last couple weeks, the Korean has been sublime and he scored both goals in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday. Both were terrific goals and he could have had a hat trick if the referee had awarded him a deserved penalty. Son is only at Spurs still because Pochettino convinced him to stay, and the Tottenham manager is sure glad he did.
Ho hum, Manchester City
It took a month for Manchester City to look so good that each match isn't a big deal. You would have thought that the intrigue around Pep Guardiola would have made every match a must-watch for at least three months, but as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Swansea, nobody took much notice. It was just what the Citizens were supposed to do.