Chelsea took an enormous step against formally sealing a top-four spot and left 10-man Leeds deeper within the relegation mire with a relaxed 3-0 win at Elland Road.
Mason Mount’s early strike and second-half objectives from Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku halted Chelsea’s three-game winless run and lifted them 4 issues transparent of London opponents Arsenal in 3rd position.
It was once a well timed win for Thomas Tuchel’s facet, who had dropped 10 issues of their earlier 5 fits, ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup ultimate towards Liverpool.
For Leeds, it was once some other evening to overlook. They slumped to a 3rd instantly defeat to stay within the backside 3 and had a person despatched off for the second one time in successive fits.
Jesse Marsch’s facet performed for 66 mins with 10 males after Dan James’ instantly pink card for his ill-judged lunge on Mateo Kovacic.
James’ dismissal adopted a an identical rush of blood by means of team-mate Luke Ayling in Sunday’s defeat at Arsenal and Leeds due to this fact by no means threatened so as to add to their issues tally.
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“We spoke about how big this week was at the beginning – it didn’t start well obviously last Saturday.
“We needed a bounce back, we had a few days to get together and speak within the group. Some truths that needed to be said and we got that out of our system.
“This was a game where we could get going, we know what’s coming up next. It’s a massive, massive game and this is a good step towards that.
“It’s all exciting. Speaking a bit about every game being a final and the next game is one – we’re ready and it’s time for us to try and win one.”
Mason Mount’s post-match response
“It was a fun one, I do love playing here.
“It’s a stadium with a lot of history, the fans are brilliant. They don’t like us too much, so it was a brilliant atmosphere.
“As soon as we got the goal, we kind of quietened the stadium down a bit and then we could play our stuff. That was what the objective was.
“I was reading the programme before the game and it said ‘make the stadium as hard to play in as possible’.
“When you come here, you know it’s going to be tough. But we loved it – it was a massive game for both teams tonight.
“It wasn’t just them, it was us as well. We needed the win after a few poor results. It was a bounce-back game, and now Liverpool on Saturday.”
Reece James 9
An enormous danger all evening – powering down the wing to open Leeds up. Made Mount’s opener and a bunch extra possibilities ahead of taking part in an element in Pulisic’s function too.
Mason Mount 9
An excellent efficiency, with an attractive function that put Chelsea on their solution to victory after which a suave flick to arrange Pulisic. Heavily all for linking their assaults. A show stuffed with risk.
Christian Pulisic 7
Got masses at the ball as he drifted within and dropped deep to pick out up ownership and hyperlink play. Brilliant end to position Chelsea two up.
FT: Leeds 0-3 Chelsea
Mount, Pulisic, Lukaku – process performed for Chelsea.
James’ pink card made it a virtually inconceivable job for Leeds they usually by no means gave the impression of getting the rest from the tournament.
90 minutes: Three mins added on… Leeds would were more than happy to simply listen the whistle.
88 minutes: Klich volleys an effort at function, susceptible and Chelsea can smash once more.
Ziyech appears to position it on a plate for Lukaku once more, Llorente is there this time to hack it away.
85 minutes: Still such a lot house for Chelsea, who aren’t inquisitive about slowing down.
Loftus-Cheek bursts ahead, performs it huge to Ziyech. Curling effort from distance is solely huge.
GOAL! Leeds 0-3 Chelsea | Romelu Lukaku 83’
Llorente loses it in a horrible place and Chelsea are away. Ziyech squares it for Lukaku, who takes an absolute age to get the shot away.
There’s 4 Leeds shirts in the way in which by means of that time, however he nonetheless hammers it into the again of the online.
80 minutes: Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Alonso, Lukaku… blocked and huge.
Another nice transfer from the Blues, as soon as once more Lukaku can’t take his probability even though. How has he now not scored?!