Suddenly, a transfer back, a bad control, too much doubt and a reckless dribble by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy were the beginning of the end for Chelsea at Ellan Road, depressed and self-bowing; for the enthusiasm of Leeds, on the podium; for the goals of Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo Moreno in a stretch of five minutes beyond the half hour mark, from the gift of the goalkeeper to the undeniable header of the Spanish striker; and for the stops of Illan Meslier, as decisive as the scorers.
This is how Chelsea lost 0-3 to Leeds United.
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The ‘blooper’ of the day
A worrying defeat for Thomas Tuchel’s group -on the bench because his suspension match is still on hold pending the completion of the process-, but also unimaginable as the game unfolded with 0-0, when the London team He had taken control of each sector, without boasting, with some occasion and dominating, although he did not count on the tremendous failure of the goalkeeper that transformed everything.
His four points in three days light an alert that is enlarged by the rhythm that Arsenal imposes at the top of the classification, with nine out of nine, and five more than Chelsea; a team of bursts, which shows more individual talent than collective performance, inconsistent in its goal, in its area, and inconstant in the other, even though its start promised another outcome.
His staging was not enough, with an opportunity from the overflowing Raheem Sterling at 37 seconds; a goal annulled to the attacker on the edge of the quarter hour, due to the offside that invalidated the action initiated by Marc Cucurella, starter in the left lane, active and not very decisive; or, above all, the occasion proposed by Mason Mount, who appeared to score until Meslier’s magnificent stretch.
Leeds had barely shot. But suddenly I knowMendy’s blunder was urgent for Aaronson’s 1-0, after half an hour. And then, without even having accepted it, the header of Rodrigo Moreno, who finished off the 2-0 in a strategic play thrown from the left side by Jack Harrison.
The London team did not shoot again in the entire first half. Yes, something in the beginning of the second, when he tweaked his system and revamped his offense. He had no other. Marc Cucurella was not successful, with a failed shot, nor was Conor Gallagher, debutant as a starter in the ‘blues’, who was crossed again, sensational, by goalkeeper Meslier, as he had done in the first act to Mason Mount and as He did it again a while later, in front of Reece James’s forehand that touched just enough to hold the 2-0 for his team…
Before Leeds’ final blow, which sentenced the match with a goal from Jack Harrison, this time assisted, with the roles reversed from 2-0, by Rodrigo Moreno to show Thomas Tuchel that the defeat was not a simple matter of error of Mendy, but a combination of nonsense from which he was never able to recover in Ellan Road.
They are only four points in three days, without a single goal from any of their forwards. And with Koulibaly, disappointing, expelled at the end. César Azpiilicueta played the last five minutes.Edouard Mendy, the great marked by defeat.
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