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Massive Reactions As Leeds United Beats Chelsea 3 – 0 (Analysis)

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Brenden Aaronson (first goal-scorer)

We dreamed about it for a long time. It’s a dream come true. It shows how much progress we made. Thanks to this guy [Jack], great performance.

[The pressing] kind of shows you who wants it more. We were all pumped up today. On the field everyone was driven and that’s the kind of goals you score.

Jack Harrison (man of the match)

Welcome to the Premier League, [Brenden]! We conducted a really good tactical plan. We knew how important it was to come out strong. Everyone was on the same page and we did that in the first half. It was a credit to the tactics and the production of the team, too.

We set the tone today and we have to aim for this every week. It’s hard but if we have something to aim for then that’s motivation for us.

Elsewhere…

West Ham have lost to Brighton 2-0 at the London Stadium.

And our coverage of Newcastle’s hosting of champions Man City is live here.

Full-time: LEE 3 CHE 0

It’s all over.

Leeds’ first Premier League win over Chelsea for 21 years.

And it was an emphatic one, too.

It’s also Leeds’ first clean sheet since November 2021.

They’re up to second!

90 mins: LEE 3 CHE 0

Three minutes of added time.

Chelsea want putting out of their misery.

August 21, 2022 Chelsea's Kalidou Koulibaly is shown a red card by referee Stuart Attwell
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88 mins: LEE 3 CHE 0

Oh to be at Elland Road (and, no, I’m not a Leeds fan).

It’s a picture right now; sun-kissed, Chelsea down to 10 men, Leeds winning 3-0.

I can’t imagine the pubs will be busy later…

RED CARD KOULIBALY

This is turning into a disaster.

It’s a second yellow for Koulibaly, as Gelhardt finds himself in some space and the Chelsea defender puts in a (pretty poor) rugby tackle-esque challenge on him.

Off he goes.

82 mins: LEE 3 CHE 0

It’s all Chelsea but they seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that a win is beyond them.

There’s not much intent from them; Ziyech thrashes a shot from outside the box. It’s heading goalward, but it smacks straight into Havertz. Sterling tries to put the rebound in the net but Meslier saves – and they were both offside.

Sums it all up.

Harrison, Rodrigo and Aaronson all depart for Leeds; Greenwood, Gelhardt and Klich enter.

77 mins: LEE 3 CHE 0

A delay here as Struijk receives some treatment after a collision with Pulisic.

For Chelsea, Mount departs, replaced by Chilwell.

72 mins: LEE 3 CHE 0

Rodrigo was a foot away from adding a fourth there, but Cucurella just beats him to Harrison’s ball in the box.

The party has started at Elland Road.

70 mins: LEE 3 CHE 0

Sinisterra is on for Dan James for Leeds.

And what now for Chelsea? They’ve been well beaten thus far.

Goooooaaaaaalll!!

Leeds have a third – and it’s Harrison!

That’s surely the ball game. Var will check a couple of offsides but the ref has given it.

Rodrigo gets on the end of a Dan James cross and Harrison steers it passed Mendy at the near post.

65 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Chelsea continue to crank up the pressure but Reece James is just a little over alacritous down the right, getting caught offside on an overlapping run.

65 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

It’s a cracking save from Meslier!

It’s a vicious shot from range by Reece James, and it’s heading to the bottom corner. The Leeds keeper gets down like a cat to push it just wide of the post.

63 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Roca departs for Forshaw in the Leeds midfield.

Still no changes from Thomas Tuchel. It is surely only a matter of time…

And it is. Ziyech and Pulisic are readying themselves; Gallagher and Jorginho – we have barely seen him! – exit.

59 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Remarkable from Harrison, who seemingly manages to beat two Chelsea defenders down the touchline while actually on his knees.

56 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Chelsea are starting to find pockets of space and this half, possession-wise, has been all them.

But there’s danger for the visitors – they’re saved by Loftus-Cheek. A gorgeous ball into the Chelsea box on the counter, and two Leeds attackers are waiting at the far post but Loftus-Cheek saves the day.

Leeds corner.

53 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

There’s another chance for Chelsea but both Sterling and Gallagher are caught offside and, in any event, Meslier gets off his line to make a cracking save.

51 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Rodrigo gets goal side of Koulibaly after a sumptuous tip-on from Kristensen, the Leeds forward slams a shot into the Chelsea defender to win a corner.

But, as quick as you like, Chelsea are off; Sterling in space down the right founds Mount centrally, but Leeds just about to get back to clear.

The visitors are coming back, however…

48 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Better from Chelsea.

A lovely turn from Loftus-Cheek gives the visitors a chance inside the Leeds box, with Mount laying it off to Cucurella, but the left-back’s shot is shanked horribly wide.

The players are back out…

Leeds will get us under way.

A massive 45 minutes ahead. No half-time changes.

Half-time: LEE 2 CHE 0

Aaronson with a long-range shot that shouldn’t trouble Mendy but it is one of those wicked ones that bounces just before the ‘keeper – and he hasn’t had the most solid of afternoons thus far!

Regardless, he tidies, and that’s half time.

Chelsea with it all to do!

45 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Roca and Gallagher with a hefty collision in midfield – completely accidental – which sees the Leeds midfielder momentarily depart.

Meanwhile, Sterling wins a corner for Chelsea, but it’s well repelled by the Leeds defensive contingent.

Chelsea are… sloppy, frankly. Even when they work themselves into promising decisions, a heavy touch or mis-communication lets them down. Or, even, they’re just out-fought.

Two minutes added time.

42 mins: LEE 2 CHE 0

Cucurella gets a sniff in space at the far post, he hits it first time but he slices it well wide.

Much to the, erm, sympathy of the Elland Road crowd, as you can imagine…

Gooooooaaaall!!

It’s two!

Harrison whips the free-kick in, Rodrigo beats everyone to it at the near post and guides it into Mendy’s far post.

Nothing the Chelsea ‘keeper could have done about that one.

What are you made of, Chelsea?

35 mins: LEE 1 CHE 0

Sterling is booked for a very soft-looking foul on the edge of the Chelsea box.

Still, it gives Leeds a chance from a dangerous free-kick, with Aaronson and Harrison standing over it.

Gooooooaaaaall!!!

Oh Mendy what have you done!

Leeds are ahead. Aaronson with his first goal for the club.

It’s a total howler. The ball is played back to the Chelsea ‘keeper and instead of clearing, he tries to skip round the Leeds midfielder. But Aaronson catches him, pinches the ball, and walks it in.

Leeds lead.

31 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Long-range shot from Rodrigo after Leeds counter, with Aaronson finding his team-mate down the left after eating up ground in the centre of midfield.

It’s speculative but it does force Mendy into a save, at least.

28 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

More time on the ball now for Chelsea, but they can’t seem to do much with it.

Leeds win it back, look to find Aaronson in behind, and Koulibaly turns it behind for a corner. Llorente gets his head to it but he’s at full stretch and it flies into row Z.

24 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Mount gets in behind down the left with a well timed run, but Kristensen tracks back well to thwart the danger.

Struijk gives Loftus-Cheek a knee in the glutes for his troubles, and Chelsea have a free-kick.

21 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Great save Meslier!

Chelsea counter and Mount’s weaving run allows him to get a shot away. It’s heading to the bottom-right of Meslier’s goal but Leeds’ ‘keeper gets down at full stretch to swat it away.

18 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

The less said about that from Koulibaly, the better…Tuchel is fuming!

Chelsea enter a period of sustained pressure in the Leeds half, building nicely, before their defender inexplicably lofts a shot from nearer the halfway line than the penalty area right down Meslier’s throat.

Down the other end, there’s a tough chance for Rodrigo. A decent effort from a tight angle on the left, but it flashes across Mendy’s goal for a goal kick.

14 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Goal Chelsea!

But the flag goes up – offside!

Sterling is lingering in behind. The pass is played into him, he cuts back to send the defence the wrong way and then finishes expertly in the bottom-right corner… in vain.

12 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Cucurella plays a tempting pass down the left to Havertz but he’s just offside.

The pace is still ferocious, incidentally, verging on frenetic. Leeds have started well but neither team has really grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck thus far.

8 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Loftus-Cheek gets a rap on the knuckles after a heavy challenge.

But Koulibaly gets more – a booking. Aaronson leaves him grasping at thin air and the Chelsea defender is forced to pull him back as things were looking promising for Leeds.

Chelsea are a little rattled.

6 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Bright from Leeds again, as Harrison gets a shot-cum-cross away down the left but it’s straight at Mendy.

End-to-end stuff here; Chelsea have a corner…but it’s headed away.

4 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

Really high intensity from Leeds, who force Reece James into a bit of a tangle at the back.

His name sake, Dan, winds up for the the most ambitious of strikes and it sails miles over Mendy’s goal.

2 mins: LEE 0 CHE 0

An early chance! And it’s brilliant from Gallagher and Sterling.

The former threads the latter down the left, with Sterling cutting inside into the area. Leeds back off, the Chelsea man unleashes a shot, but it flashes wide.

Excellent until the last moment from Sterling and Chelsea.

A reminder of those line-ups

Leeds (4-2-3-1): Meslier, Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk, Roca, Adams, James, Aaronson, Harrison, Rodrigo.
Subs: Forshaw, Summerville, Klaesson, Sinisterra, Gelhardt, Hjelde, Drameh, Greenwood, Klich.

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy, James, Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher, Jorginho, Cucurella, Sterling, Mount, Havertz.
Subs: Ampadu, Arrizabalaga, Pulisic, Chalobah, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Chukwuemeka.

Today’s referee is Stuart Attwell.

Kick-off is five minutes away at Elland Road!

Who’s your money on?

The managers speak to Sky

Thomas Tuchel

Not surprised [to be here]. There’s no explanation yet. We wait for the explanation for the punishment and if we accept it… but let’s wait for the explanation. We both got a red card but Antonio Conte didn’t get a ban.

Very emotional crowd and team – Leeds are very high pressing with high intensity throughout the whole pitch and we need to be aware of it.

Jesse Marsch

It’s fine [that Tuchel is on the bench]. I probably got too many red cards as a player so I’m used to just accepting the fate. I don’t think it’s right that he should be able to appeal but, whatever, he’s on the bench, let’s play the game.

The red card last time made the day very difficult to us, but this team is very different to last year. We’re more confident. It’s a big challenge today but one that we’re really excited for.

ICYMI

Jesse Marsch, the Leeds United head coach, believes Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel should not be allowed on the touchline at Elland Road today following his red card against Tottenham Hotspur.

Pre-match facts from Opta

  • Leeds are winless in seven Premier League games against Chelsea (D2 L5) since a 2-0 victory at Elland Road back in December 2002.
  • Chelsea won 3-0 at Elland Road last season against Leeds in the Premier League but have never won consecutive away league visits in their entire history.
  • Since Thomas Tuchel’s first away Premier League match in charge of Chelsea in February 2021, only Man City (23) have won more away games than Chelsea (19), conceding just 17 times on the road, the fewest of any ever-present side in that time.
  • Jack Harrison has assisted in Leeds’ opening two league games this season, setting up Rodrigo on both occasions. Only two Englishmen have ever assisted a goal in their team’s first three Premier League matches in a season: Mark Patterson in 1995-96 for Bolton Wanderers and Michael Bridges in 2000-01 for Leeds.

Premier League table as it stands (top half)

A win today for either team and they would move into the top four.

Team news!

Patrick Bamford is injured so Dan James starts for Leeds.

Leeds (4-2-3-1): Meslier, Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk, Roca, Adams, James, Aaronson, Harrison, Rodrigo.
Subs: Forshaw, Summerville, Klaesson, Sinisterra, Gelhardt, Hjelde, Drameh, Greenwood, Klich.

One change for Chelsea as Conor Gallagher makes his first start for the club, covering N’Golo Kante’s injury.

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy, James, Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher, Jorginho, Cucurella, Sterling, Mount, Havertz.
Subs: Ampadu, Arrizabalaga, Pulisic, Chalobah, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Chukwuemeka.

Today’s referee is Stuart Attwell.

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Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch claims his side “can cause some havoc” today.

One of English football’s fiercest rivalries will be revisited and Marsch feels his new-look squad is capable of springing an ambush.

The American said: “I think we have a team that can cause some havoc against an opponent like this right now.

“At home, I think we always enjoy playing in Elland Road, I think you can see that in the beginning stages that the team is coming together in a good way.

“We’re trying to develop a good plan and a plan that is easy enough for them to execute and then we just want them to go on the pitch and play to their abilities.

“If we do that, as a group, we have a chance. I think we definitely have a chance.”

Marsch is aware of the hostility associated with this fixture dating back more than 50 years, but remains focused on his own task in hand.

“Yeah, I have been told about it,” he said. “Even from someone like me, the 60s is a long, long time ago, which I guess I’m happy to say.

“But this is the beauty of this club, you can meet someone in the streets who’s five years old or 95 years old, and they’ve got Leeds United stories.

“I think in the moment, it’s all about how good Chelsea are and us just managing one of the best opponents in the world.”

Previous Leeds managers have been burdened by the club’s glorious past, but Marsch prefers to embrace it and demands his players also learn about the history of the club.

“I think it’s massively important because playing in front of these fans, you have to know the identity of the club, what Elland Road is, what it means, the identity of Yorkshire and the type of people here,” he said.

“Now the Premier League is so multicultural, I think embracing the identity of the club is one of the most important things, no matter where you go.

“I think you have to understand the fans, the history, the ex-players, the expectations for what it means.

“Each club has its own identity and no doubt we do. So I love it. I love it.”

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