It was another enthralling weekend of Premier League action as title-chasing Manchester City and Liverpool both secured vital victories.
City briefly took top spot on Sunday afternoon following a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, until the Reds went back to the summit by beating Chelsea.
It means City remain two points behind but, crucially, they have a game in hand, and it looks set to be an exciting finale to the season.
Elsewhere, Manchester United secured a nervy victory over West Ham and Tottenham thrashed already-relegated Huddersfield.
Here are all the key talking points from the Premier League weekend…
1) THIS IS A TITLE RACE FOR THE AGES
Such is the level of consistency of Manchester City (nine straight wins) and Liverpool (five straight victories), that it can be easy to lose sight of just how good this title race is.
Both teams are playing football which is technically brilliant and entertaining, masterfully organised by two of the game’s great managers – City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.
The drama is perhaps slightly reduced by the absence of upsets but the constant winning and the narrow two-point gap between leaders Liverpool and defending champions City that the race is building up to an epic conclusion.
Either the pair will defeat all the nerves and obstacles to win out the season – in which City will be champions – or one will stumble.
The next 10 days will be crucial with City facing tough challenges against Tottenham at home and then at Old Trafford in their derby against Manchester United.
Add into the mix the stakes for both clubs – Liverpool without a domestic league title for 29 years and City searching for an unprecedented quadruple of honours – and this is a fusion of entertainment, drama and sporting excellence that has rarely been witnessed in the Premier League.
2) HAZARD WILL TAKE SOME REPLACING
Chelsea lost at Anfield on Sunday but Maurizio Sarri’s side certainly contributed to an excellent contest and none more so than Belgian wing wizard Eden Hazard.
The expectation is that Hazard, who possesses one of the finest touches in the game allied with tremendous dribbling skills, will head to Real Madrid at the end of this season.
Such is Chelsea’s dependence on his individual skills that Sarri, or whoever is in charge, will surely have to adjust the team’s approach if Hazard is no longer around.
Some players simply cannot be replaced.
3) HISTORY DOESN’T REPEAT ITSELF
Five years ago, Liverpool’s Premier League title bid was derailed at home to Chelsea after Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip.
There was plenty of talk about that incident in the run-up to this year’s Anfield showdown – but thankfully for the Reds, history did not repeat itself.
Despite taking time to find their opener, Klopp’s side were patient, controlled and assured as they avoided any slip-ups this time around.
They banished the ghosts of 2014 still haunting those involved with their infamous late collapse and there will now be a renewed hope things will end differently this time around.
4) CITY OVERCOME LATEST TEST
Guardiola felt City passed the latest test of their title credentials with flying colours in the 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Selhurst Park has been a graveyard for title campaigns in the recent past, notably when Liverpool’s wheels came off in 2014 and City suffered a similar fate a year later.
But Raheem Sterling’s double and a late third from Gabriel Jesus kept City’s bid to retain their crown firmly on track.
“I’m so pleased,” said Guardiola. “The amount of games we have had – Brighton, and three days later the Champions League, and now here, and the way we played for 75 or 80 minutes was really good.
“The Premier League position is in our hands and we want to win all the games. The players showed me they would do it and I didn’t have any doubts about that.
“In two seasons we’ve got 83 points with five games left. Incredible numbers and it shows how consistent we are.”
5) SOLSKJAER NEEDS A BUSY WINDOW
After a run of four losses in five games in all competitions Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was relieved to have, rather fortunately, picked up a win against West Ham United on Saturday.
But the uninspiring performance was a reminder that for all the Norwegian’s impact since replacing Jose Mourinho, United need to make several major additions during the next transfer window if they are to start to compete with City and Liverpool for the honours.
A central defender has long been viewed as a priority but United will surely be looking for a holding midfielder and a creative playmaker, as well as a right-back.
There is already plenty of quality in attack but United need to develop a more effective style of play if they are to get the most out of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku.
6) DE GEA MISTAKES CONTINUE
It has been an error-strewn few weeks for David de Gea.
The Spaniard is holding out for big money as he looks to pen a new contract – but he’s surely not helping his case to earn a huge pay rise.
He made another key mistake leading to a goal as he gave away possession in the build up to Felipe Anderson’s equaliser for West Ham.
The Spaniard went a long way to redeeming himself with a stunning stop to claw a late header over the bar, but it simply highlighted why his current lapses in concentration are such a cause of frustration.
He’s rightly coming under fire for his run of mistakes which could prove costly as United chase a top four finish.
7) LUCAS DELIVERS FOR SPURS
Lucas Moura has not played a major part in Tottenham’s season so far but the Brazilian’s stunning hat-trick in a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday showed he is ready to step up in the absence of the injured Harry Kane.
Forward Lucas struck his first treble since moving to Europe and joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 as Spurs cemented their position in the Premier League top four with a thumping win over the already-relegated visitors at their new stadium.
He fired their second goal in the first half with a low drive, after Victor Wanyama had opened the scoring, and found the net again with two deadly strikes in six minutes near the end of a match Spurs always looked like winning comfortably.
The 26-year-old Lucas was understandably all smiles at the end and even brought his one-year-old son Miguel on to the pitch after the final whistle to the delight of the home fans.