The Premier League season is winding down, giving us a clearer picture of how the table will shake out.
Manchester City will soon be crowned champions, the remaining two relegation spots are all but assured, and the top-four race is inching toward a conclusion. This weekend gave us more answers on each of these fronts while throwing the occasional spanner in the works.
First, we'll examine one of the great quandaries of our time: Gareth Bale and his second go-around at Tottenham.
Winner: Gareth Bale, Tottenham
It hasn't been the easiest season at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Despite some gaudy numbers (Harry Kane has 21 goals and 13 assists; Heung-Min Son has 16 goals and 10 assists), the club hasn't lived up to lofty expectations. Adding returning talisman Bale to a lethal attack was supposed to help push Spurs to challenge for the title.
For Bale, his triumphant second stint with the club has been stop-start from day one.
Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of a hapless and officially relegated Sheffield United was his best day yet. A hat trick of goals that peak Bale would be proud of was his first EPL treble in nearly a decade. Visible greys and all, the 31-year-old Welshman looked like he was enjoying himself...and we can all agree that's a good thing.
Spurs, who are fighting for fourth, would love Bale to keep firing after this fantastic performance.
Loser: The Glazers' Ownership Tenure
Where do I begin? The Super League fallout continued Sunday with massive protests at Old Trafford ahead of Manchester United-Liverpool as fans broke onto the pitch, leading to the postponement of the match. Absolute scenes.
It was one of the darker days in the long, glorious history of England's most successful club.
Supporters have been upset with the ownership of the Glazer family since they took over the club in 2005, and the botched Super League project was the final straw.
While there are many factors in play, no Premier League titles since 2012-13 is below the high standards the Red Devils are accustomed to. Meanwhile, Manchester City has increasingly become an equal rather than the noisy neighbors they were famously dubbed.
Troubling times at Old Trafford, indeed.
Winner: Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea
How good has Chelsea been with Tuchel at the helm? Really good. Take this stat, for example:
That says a lot about the improvements made since the German took charge in January. While the Blues are focused, organized and versatile in attack, their main improvement is arguably on the defensive end. In 23 matches under Tuchel, they've allowed 10 goals—five in 22 matches without the anomaly of the 5-2 defeat to West Brom while down to 10 men for most of the match.
These numbers in the Premier League are outstanding, and the club is well deserving of its top-four status.
Loser: Manchester City's Trophy Celebration
Hard to pin the EPL champions-elect (and comfortable 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace on Saturday) as losers, but if they were to feel hard done by about anything, it would be the delay in their title celebrations.
Had Manchester United lost to Liverpool yesterday, City would have been crowned champions. Unfortunately for Pep's merry band, the postponement of the match meant his side couldn't party yet. Another week of waiting for a manager who is firmly in the discussion for second-best in Premier League history.
Winner: Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa
A name that hasn't got nearly enough love is Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa. It's not often a player who moves up to the big leagues from a club like Brentford has as instant an impact as young Ollie.
With 13 goals and four assists in his first Premier League season, Watkins has caught the attention of Gareth Southgate, who is eyeing the 25-year-old for a place in his Euro 2020 England squad. Rumor has it that some of the big clubs may try to make his tenure at Villa one-and-done.
Loser: Jay Glazer, NFL on Fox
The slick-headed NFL analyst has been subject to social media abuse recently as he's been mistaken for Manchester United owners Malcolm and Joel Glazer.
He's taken it like a champ (warning: NSFW language):
Shane Evans manages B/R Football content within the Bleacher Report app. For more, follow him on Twitter at @shanevans.