Chelsea missed a great opportunity to build their case for the top four with a 0-0 draw against Leeds United in the Premier League.
English Premier League giants Chelsea failed to capitalize an opportunity against 11th ranked opponents Leeds United in Saturday's early kickoff. Winning the match could have seen Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side go on level with third-placed Leicester City.
Chelsea might still be unbeaten in twelve games in the English Premier League under the new manager. However, this draw might feel like a loss for most of the Blues out there as it has been a highly competitive race for the top four. Other than Leicester up the table, teams below like Liverpool, West Ham United, and Everton have put increasing pressure on the Blues in their hopes of getting Champions League football next season.
Chelsea and Leeds United had a goalless draw in Saturday's early kickoff in the Premier League. Photo Source: Twitter
Unlike Chelsea's great performances on the road, with a recent one coming at Anfield against Liverpool, the team would consider themselves lucky to get the point out of this game. That is due to the fact that Leeds hit the woodwork twice on either side of the halves. The Blues were never at their best, and they were only threatening in front of goal once or twice. Chelsea was closed in the first half when the Leeds defenders tangled themselves with the ball that almost got lobbed inside their own net.
When Tuchel dropped the lineup, fans were pleased to see Christian Pulisic in the starting eleven and Kai Havertz starting as a false nine striker, a role he fulfilled so well in the club's last match. If any Chelsea player deserves praise, then it has to be keeper Edouard Mendy who made a handful of saves to keep his side in the game. This was his fourteenth clean sheet of the season, which is great for his personal record.
Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in twelve games with Chelsea in the English Premier League. Photo Source: Twitter
When these two sides met for the first run of fixtures in December at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard was still the manager. Back then, the London club beat the Peacocks by 3-1 with goals from Oliver Giroud, Kurt Zouma, and Christian Pulisic.
Interestingly, there were twelve shots on target in this fixture of Leeds vs.Chelsea. In fact, this is the most in a Premier League game without a goal since a Man Utd vs. Burnley tie in October 2016 (also 12).
Chelsea faces Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League. Photo Source: Guardian
Chelsea would be gutted with this draw, but they have no time to keep their heads down as they face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen tie. The West London side is 1-0 up on aggregate with a vital away goal from Giroud earlier.