It was a busy day in the Premier League with 16 teams in action. There was little separation at the top as everyone in the top four race who played won, but the day was much more than just wins. We learned a little something all around the league.
Chelsea would be crazy to sell Cesc Fabregas
Sooner or later, Chelsea's winning streak will have to end. The way their last two Premier League matches have gone, it could very well be the former. Teams are starting to figure out ways to beat Chelsea, primarily by hunkering down and forcing the Blues to force open the lock. Thibaut Courtois deserves the man of the match award for Chelsea's 1-0 win against Sunderland, but Fabregas' importance can't be overstated. The midfielder hasn't found much playing time under Antonio Conte, but he started on Wednesday and scored the winning goal. With Oscar reportedly leaving Stamford Bridge, Conte can ill afford to lose a creative force like Fabregas ... especially if teams continue to play defensively.
Can Spurs use this as a jumpstart?
Spurs' have struggled to keep the ball and progress it. That wasn't the case on Wednesday as they dismantled Hull, 3-0. But it was just Hull. That's not necessarily a sign that they've figured it out, but it could give them the confidence they need and a bit of momentum so they can sort things out going forward.
Rondon to the rescue
It looked like Swansea had some momentum coming into today's clash after thumping Sunderland over the weekend, but Salomon Rondon crushed any of that right away. The forward terrorized the Swans from the start, eventually netting three times to become the first Venezuelan to notch a Premier League hat trick.
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Liverpool’s attack can keep them in the title race
Their defense may be a work in progress, but there are no issues with Liverpool’s attacking play. They lost Philippe Coutinho to injury, but that hasn’t put a hitch in their wagon one bit on the attacking front. Adam Lallana was brilliant, while Divock Origi has scored in five games in a row, and he’s looking more and more like he should be the Reds’ main man up front. Liverpool are still in the title chase, and it’s because their attacking players are on fire.
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City still shaky
Manchester City won, so they have that going for them after a disappointing result over the weekend, but they certainly didn't impress. In fact, it's been months since Pep Guardiola's men have looked like they can really win the league. They're still hanging in the title race, but they're going to have to play a lot better to make a genuine run at the top spot.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man at Old Trafford
Zlatan may not be the all-domineering force he used to be in his younger days, but he’s still United’s top boy. He’s struggled with ups and downs this season, but he’s got 14 goals, and his strike against Crystal Palace was all-important. Jose Mourinho hit out at Michael Owen’s criticism, pointing out that Zlatan’s nearly equaled his entire goal tally at United in just six months, and the former England striker’s probably going to have to eat his words yet again. Zlatan’s still a dominant force, and his massive presence has usurped everyone at United. He’s the man.