Goalkeepers shine, as Chelsea and Leeds play out an entertaining draw

Chelsea dropped two points in the race for top four after playing out a goalless draw against Leeds United at Elland Road. Both teams had some great chances to score goals throughout the game, but the goalkeepers ensured the game ended in a stalemate.

The opening minutes played out with Blues dominating possession as Leeds tried to press Chelsea high up the pitch trying not to give time and space for their opponents. The visitors were almost gifted a lead in the 11th minute as Ayling’s clearance bounced off Llorente towards his own goal, only to let a sigh of relief after seeing it cannon off the bar into Meslier’s hands.

Minutes later Leeds hit Chelsea’s crossbar through Roberts, who saw his curled effort into the top-right corner tipped onto the bar by Mendy. The game settled down with Chelsea continuing to dominate possession, as Havertz slammed his shot straight at Meslier in the final minute of first half.

Havertz missed a great chance to open the scoring for Chelsea in the opening minutes of second half as the German international rifled his shot straight towards Meslier. Mendy produced a brilliant one handed stop to deny Raphinha’s shot after bouncing off the ground.

Raphinha missed a glorious chance to score for Leeds after sending his header from an unmarked position straight at Mendy. Both teams huffed and puffed for the remainder of the second half, but couldn’t trouble the goalkeepers due to their lack of quality in the final third.

Although Chelsea extended their unbeaten run under Tuchel 12 games in all competitions, they could drop to 7th in the table should West Ham, Everton and Spurs win their games.

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