Leeds and Chelsea shared the spoils in a frenetic encounter at Elland Road this afternoon with a plethora of talent on show. Leeds defended really resolutely against a Chelsea littered with quality who dictated this tie from the off at a blustery Elland Road with the blues unbeaten in eleven and rejuvenated under the German’s stewardship.
Tyler Roberts tested Mendy’s reflexes early on when he curled an attempt into the top right of the Frenchman’s goal but he pushed it onto the post to keep the game firmly in the balance.
Chelsea relieved club stalwart Frank Lampard of his duties as manager of his boyhood club towards the end of January with the West-London side in a complete state of disarray during Lampard’s stint at the helm of the Blues.
Leeds were forced into an early change after Patrick Bamford landed awkwardly on his right ankle. The former Chelsea man has been in a rich vein of form this season notching 13 goals amid growing interest from Gareth Southgate about a potential place on the plane to the Euros.
The sides went in at the interval tied with chances aplenty but both sides lacked that cutting edge.
Summer arrival had spurned a golden opportunity to put the Blues a goal to the good when a ball evaded but Havertz who slammed home his shot only for Meslier to get a strong fist to it and see it out for a corner.
The next 20 minutes saw Chelsea mount sustained pressure around Leeds’ box but the Whites were solid at the back and nullified the threat superbly of Chelsea’s flair players.
Leeds had a few chances of their own; Rodrigo’s had a free header but he fired it straight into the keeper’s grateful grasp.
On reflection, a point was probably a fair result the. The scoreline doesn’t do the game justice as it was an exciting spectacle with an abundance of quality on display.