Thomas Tuchel made it 12 video games with out defeat in command of Chelsea courtesy of a 0-Zero draw in opposition to Leeds United, however had goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to thank.
The Blues escaped Elland Street with a degree – which does little to spice up their Champions League probabilities – however Leeds have been dealt a doubtlessly critical blow after Patrick Bamford limped off injured within the first half.
England boss Gareth Southgate can have grimaced after watching Bamford’s collision with Antonio Rudiger, with the striker left clutching his knee and compelled down the tunnel.
Had the Chelsea academy graduate managed to stay on the pitch, the hosts might have managed to discover a well beyond Mendy in aim after making a plethora of probabilities.
It almost began so poorly for Leeds as Luke Ayling tried to smack a unfastened ball clear within the field after simply 10 minutes, with the ball ricocheting off Diego Llorente’s again, over Illan Meslier and off the crossbar.
Tyler Roberts then pressured Mendy into his first sensible save of the afternoon in Yorkshire, digging a shot out from beneath his foot on the fringe of the field which the Senegal worldwide pushed onto the put up.
Roberts, who had an earlier effort accurately dominated off for offside, appeared spectacular on the day amid mounting criticism from some followers for his output this season.
One man who has earned loads of plaudits is Chelsea’s shot-stopper, who managed to disclaim Raphinha after good work from Rodrigo with an exquisite reflex save which left talkSPORT commentator Trevor Sinclair shocked.
“It’s an excellent save,” he mentioned. “The core that Mendy should have is excessive as a result of he was going a method and it deflected the opposite means.
“He’s managed to throw out his left palm and get a robust hand to it, and it’s an excellent save.”
Mendy has now saved 19 clear sheets in his 31 Chelsea video games, which is greater than the variety of objectives he has conceded (18).
Chelsea haven’t win within the league at Elland Street since 2000 and Tuchel’s males struggled to interrupt down a Leeds aspect who managed to safe a draw at Stamford Bridge earlier within the season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s males will maybe be the extra upset to not have discovered a winner for the possibilities they created, with the absence of Bamford maybe a contributing issue.
For Chelsea, cup clashes in opposition to Atletico Madrid after which Sheffield United within the coming weeks will take precedence over the Premier League. However with West Ham simply three factors behind the Blues and with two video games in hand, the German boss will maybe really feel as if this was a chance missed.