Chelsea settles for goalless draw at Leeds United

2021-03-13 22:30:58
Chelsea settles for goalless draw at Leeds United

Chelsea missed a chance to cement their place in the Premier League's top four as Leeds held them to a frustrating 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel's side had plenty of chances but couldn't deliver the knockout blow in a hard-fought clash at Elland Road.

The Blues remain in fourth place and fifth-placed West Ham are just three points behind them with two games in hand as the race to qualify for the Champions League looks set to go down to the wire.

Tuchel is now unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions since replacing the sacked Frank Lampard in January.

With clean sheets in their last five games, Chelsea have conceded only two goals in that period.

However, their goal-scoring issues under Tuchel resurfaced as opportunities came and went in the Yorkshire rain.

They have yet to score more than two goals in any match in the Tuchel era.

Wednesday's Champions League last 16 second leg against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge -- with Chelsea holding a 1-0 lead -- will be another stern test of their renaissance under the former Paris Saint-Germain boss.

Tuchel made six changes from Monday's win against Everton as Christian Pulisic replaced Timo Werner after reports the United States winger was unhappy with his lack of action since the German took charge.

On Friday, Tuchel had urged Pulisic to seize his chance when it came, saying of a player he worked with at Borussia Dortmund: "He is in my plans. When the moment comes you have to be ready."

Leeds and Chelsea have been fierce rivals since their brutal FA Cup final clash in 1970, but the absence of fans due to the coronavirus lockdown diluted the Blues' first league visit to Elland Road since 2003.

The poor quality of the Elland Road pitch was almost reminiscent of the battles on fields of mud that defined Chelsea's encounters with Leeds in the 1970s.


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