Tottenham Hotspur were possibly the big winners over a weekend that saw things end as it began at the top of the Premier League table. Ange Postecoglou's side, after their late winner against Brighton on Saturday, kept pace with Arsenal and Manchester City (both five points ahead) as well as matching Liverpool's result, ensuring it is all to play for.
The outcome is that with 14 games to play, they are seven points off top spot — though that could become eight if City win their game in hand — as well as six ahead of Manchester United on the outside of the Champions League places. After Aston Villa were defeated by the Red Devils in the weekend's biggest clash, it's advantage Spurs.
Perhaps the ideal result would have been a draw, ensuring that the gap to both teams remained the same — level with Villa, behind on goal difference, but a sizeable nine points in front of United — but ultimately anything but a win for Unai Emery's side was beneficial (or was it?)
With some uncertainty still over just how many English sides will play in the Champions League next season, having a buffer to fifth is even more important than ever. The general belief that Premier League teams will be able to secure an extra spot for next year's remodelled tournament still exists, though.
In this case it is still Tottenham's to lose. They ensure that the gap to United is at a two-match swing, at minimum, as well as holding a small lead over their closest rivals.
Meanwhile, United's win kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive. A loss would have seen the gap stretch to 11 points — something surely too big. When asked of United could overturn the deficit, which started at eight points before the game, Roy Keane said, «Yeah, I thinkRead on football.london