Yet as has been the case all season, Chelsea’s soft underbelly was left exposed and they could not come away with all three points.

Their European hopes remain intact at least, and one positive for Pochettino will be that his team are now unbeaten in their last five matches on the road in all competitions, winning two and drawing three of those games.

However, this is a game Pochettino would surely have targeted for them to win. Instead, Chelsea dropped points from a winning position against a team in the bottom three for the second time in two weeks.

Chelsea have drawn three successive away games in the Premier League for the first time since September 2000. Meanwhile, the Blues have conceded 27 away goals in the top flight this season, their most after 15 away games of a league season since 1990/91 (32 goals).

Sheffield United have conceded 47 Premier League goals at Bramall Lane this season, the most ever at home by a side in a campaign in the competition. It’s the most by an English top-flight club on home soil in a season since 1960/61 (Chelsea 48, Newcastle 49).

Noni Madueke’s goal, assisted by Cole Palmer, was the 14th time Chelsea had a Premier League goal both scored and assisted by players aged 22 or younger this season; only Leeds United in 1999/00 (20) have had more such goals in a campaign in the competition.

Thiago Silva (39y 198d) became the third-oldest player to score away from home in the Premier League, after Teddy Sheringham (39y 343d) and Dean Windass (39y 235d). Silva is also only the second player to score three or more goals in a single season in the competition while aged 39 or older, after Sheringham in 2005/06 (six).

Liverpool drew 2-2 with Manchester United as Mohamed Salah’s late penalty saw the Reds fight back to claim what could be valuable point in the Premier League title race, but the result has now handed the impetus to leaders Arsenal.