Chelsea bagged three points and three goals for the home side at Elland Road today, in a feat that will be overshadowed by the deficit, but a testament to how huge games can change in just one moment.
As expected, Leeds came out with a frenzied press and ran around like their hair was on fire, but Chelsea should have taken the lead within the first minute, when Sterling had an excellent opportunity but his finish was on the wrong side of the post. Chances from Loftus-Cheek and Mount followed, while Sterling again had an excellent chance to finish but was rightly recalled for offside.
And then it all changed just after half an hour, when Mendy had a second thought and gave the ball to Aaronson, who tapped in from a yard. Leeds, in their mere two minutes of genuine ascendancy, quickly scored a second off any given stretch, which can happen.
Chelsea regrouped in the half with a formation change but continued the theme by forfeiting three chances shortly after the restart, shortly after the restart, with Cucurella, Mount and Gallagher coming into play.
And then Leeds scored a third with their first shot in the half, because that’s how games like that go.
Chelsea’s woes were complete when Koulibaly picked up his second yellow card late in the day.
- A change from last weekend, Gallagher replacing the injured Kanté, to match exactly the people’s choice of community vote.
- The halftime formation shifts to 4-3-3, with James and Cucurella as full defenders, Loftus-Cheek in the middle alongside Jorginho and Gallagher.
- Pulisic and Ziyech continue just after the hour as Chelsea give up to play in any midfield. Chilwell for Mount later, playing as a winger? Azpi continues for Sterling after the K2 red to add some form to the team again, not that it matters.
- Next up: Leicester City at home on Saturday