Elland Road, 14 March
Chelsea maintained their unbeaten record under Thomas Tuchel with a 0-0 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road. When the London club met a more difficult opponent in Leeds, it was another goalless game. The hosts had not beaten Chelsea since 2003 and were determined to alter that.
Thomas Tuchel was disappointed that his team did not win against a team that is now suffering from a lack of form and performance in the Premier League.
The experts predicted that Chelsea will easily overcome the hosts and move up to third place in the table.
Chelsea’s Struggle Continues
Even though the Blues from London have been undefeated, their scoring has been significantly lower than in prior seasons.
They have only scored five goals in the last couple of games. Despite the defense’s strength, the attackers have struggled to score because they miss shots that an in-form attacker would easily make.
Bringing in young guns like Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner was intended to help the squad score more goals, but their performance has fallen short of expectations.
We couldn’t witness Pulisic and his true performance in today’s game because he is still struggling with a lack of form.
There is a resemblance to the previous Kai Havertz as his performance gradually improves, but the Blues’ outcome is still marred by a lack of goals.
The away side was dominant against Leeds, but they were unable to capitalize on their good form.
Leeds: Can They Improve Their Results?
When compared to their previous situations, Marcelo Bielsa has unquestionably improved Leeds United. Despite dominating them, Chelsea had some terrible luck on their side.
Patrick Bamford, an ex-Chelsea player, had an opportunity to put the home side up, but the goal was called offside.
When given the chance, the home team proceeded to push and counter. Tyler Roberts attempted a shot from just outside the penalty area but was thwarted by a great save from Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The home team looked superior in the second half, creating chance after chance but failing to convert.
Mendy and Meslier come to the rescue as goalkeepers.
There was no debate about the caliber of both teams’ goalkeepers. Both goalkeepers were put to the test right away. Chelsea’s Mendy outperformed his opponent.
Tyler Robert’s athletic body and height allowed him to shoot right to the top of Mendy’s goal. The keeper was able to tip the ball, causing it to hit the crossbar rather than the back of the net.
Mendy’s play ensured that he would retain another clean sheet.
Meslier recorded his first shutout in three games. Mendy, on the other hand, has five clean sheets in his last five outings. Both keepers were essential to their respective teams as they fought for their respective league places.
What Now, Patrick Bamford?
The ex-Chelsea man is currently the top goal scorer for Leeds United and was on a roll. He had an opportunity to put his team up in the seventh minute, but was called offside by the smallest of margins.
Even though he was offside, he didn’t let up and grew even more determined to score against his former employers. There were numerous chances, but he was ruled offside owing to his lack of timing.
Patrick was a member of Chelsea F.C., although he never got the chance to play for their first team because he was frequently loaned out.
He intended to show his former teammates what they were missing, but he crashed after clashing with Antonio Rudiger. The home team was concerned that he had been gravely injured, but the English forward attempted to flee.
Alas got certain he couldn’t continue in the 35th minute and was replaced by Spanish forward Rodrygo. It was heartbreaking not only for the attacker, but also for Marcelo Bielsa.
Bamford’s recent goal-scoring prowess has earned him a call-up to the England national team for the first time in his career.
The 27-year-old forward is now competing with Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham, and Danny Ings for a spot in the forthcoming games against San Marino, Poland, and Albania.
The race for the top four is wide open.
With Chelsea conceding another point against Leeds, the race to the top four is wide open, with teams like West Ham and Everton ready to pounce.
The Hammers presently lead the Blues by two games, while Everton is only five points behind in sixth position.
It will be intriguing to see how the Premier League table looks at the end of the season as teams compete for European League spots.
What Happens Next for the Teams?
Chelsea will now host Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on March 17, 2021 for the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match.
The Blues are currently leading 1-0 and will attempt to protect and defeat the current La Liga leaders.
Leeds United is not in any local or international cup competitions, thus they focus on improving their standings in the league table. They head to Cotan Cottage to face the under-relegation struggle team Fulham.
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