What a half from Leeds. They started with incredible intensity to let Chelsea know they were in for a game. As the tide began to turn in Chelsea’s favour, Leeds saw signs of danger and upped the tempo once again. Of course, the Mendy howler really helped Leeds but, overall, they deserved their lead. Chelsea look broken and I suspect will make some half-time changes.
45 minutes: Two minutes added.
43 minutes: Roca on the stage after being caught in the back of the head. It gives Sky a good look at how hard Aaronson has worked. His heatmaps mean he’s already covered 97% of the field.
41 minutes: I say that and then Loftus-Cheek does some nice work down the right, showing his ability to get to the line where he plays the ball back to Cucurella in space but he reminds everyone why he’s a defender by trade with a shot unbelievable spills widely.
39 minutes: Just when I thought Chelsea were in control, Leeds turned it around thanks to their intense work all over the pitch. Chelsea may need to make some mid-term changes at this rate. I would advise that Koulibaly and Loftus-Cheek are the ones to go.
Elland Road are rocking and Chelsea are on the rocks. Sterling is booked for a foul involving Roca on the edge of the box. Very soft.
Harrison whips in the resulting free-kick and Rodrigo James pounces on the ball to volley past Mendy for the second. OOOOOOF!!
35 minutes: The prince who is thick. Koulibaly, who is already separated, goes through the back of James. Chelsea is injured and feeling the pressure. Tuchel may need to calm his players down here.
A SHOCKER FROM MENDY! Elland Road break after Mendy receives a back pass and takes a number of hands before passing to Aaronson, who misses the keeper and into the empty net. He is stupider than Mendy.
32 minutes: Rodrigo is penalized for a jab in the back of James, much to the Spaniard’s chagrin. He fires at Stuart Attwell to express his displeasure but that doesn’t change the referee’s mind.
Rodrigo channels the frustration with a ferocious shot from inside the area but it’s straight at Mendy, who makes a save.
30 minutes: Aaronson sends a corner kick into the box, it hits Llorente’s head but he is under the ball and sends his effort well over.
28 minutes: Chelsea are starting to control this game, I feel. They have seen early press from Leeds and are looking to take advantage of the opportunity.
26 minutes: Struijk is booked for a foul on Loftus-Cheek after getting too close to the Chelsea man. It becomes an interesting duel on the far side. I’m guessing at least one of them will be booked before the final round.
24 minutes: Elsewhere: West Ham 0-1 Brighton (Mac Allister, pen)
22 minutes: Chelsea collapse at Leeds, with the ball reaching Mount around 25 yards from goal; the England midfielder dribbles forward and takes aim from the edge of the area but Meslier drops to his left to turn it behind.
“This is MarschBall,” emails Jeremy Boyce, “Very similar to the BielsaBall that we all loved. The test is, does he have a plan B, Bielsa was absolutely a plan A, a great plan, but you need the players to do it.”
Plan B may still be waiting to be signed in the transfer market.
20 minutes: Koulibaly is inside the Leeds half and decides he has a useful plan. Unfortunately, Baldrick helps him make it and he just hits the ball straight into Meslier’s hands. Tuchel is really burning.
At the other end, Rodrigo pounces on a ball that ricochets into his path but he pulls his shot wide from inside the area.
18 minutes: Chelsea ping some dangerous passes around the box. They play with the Leeds press but in the end it is their undoing as the home team win the ball back, only to see their counter-attack ended by an offside flag.
16 minutes: It’s a wake-up call for Leeds. Sterling has been in space twice in this match and needs to be watched.
15 minutes: No goal! Sterling receives a pass from Cucurella, takes a couple of hands and then dunks the ball under him. Fortunately for Leeds the flag is raised against Sterling and VAR agrees.
12 minutes: Leeds under Marsch will definitely be in the face of the opposition. Chelsea looks a little saddened by the arrest they are witnessing.
10 minutes: Koulibaly is turned by Aaronson, forcing the defender to pull him back to stop the attack. A yellow card is issued for his troubles. According to the statistics, Leeds have more possession in the first 10 minutes. I’m not sure many people would have predicted that.
8 minutes: Aaronson almost passes for Jacob to follow. American looks brought to Leeds once again. I saw him play on opening day when he showed great promise.
6 minutes: Loftus-Cheek receives the ball in space inside the box but takes too many hands when a shot looks the best option. Eventually it is caught, resulting in a Chelsea corner. Perhaps a more confident player would have fired a shot in front of the goal. He missed a golden opportunity.
Struijk is on the bench after taking a turn for the worse following a challenge with Loftus-Cheek. The Leeds defender grabs an arm from his opponent who doesn’t try too hard to get the ball. No bookings for Loftus-Cheek but Marsch and Tuchel share a few words.
4 minutes: Leeds are looking for a fight today. They put Chelsea under pressure wherever they are on the pitch. James has their first shot of the day in anger but it flies too high and well.
A well-executed move ends with Harrison palming Mendy.
2 minutes: A very good chance for Sterling. The forward finds space on the left, collects a pass and flicks it into the area, before cutting inside and aiming, but his shot hits the wrong side of the post.
Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!
The players are in the tunnel and Elland Road is shaking.
Bright sunshine and a light breeze in Leeds. Are playing conditions improving?
March: “I think this team is different from the one at the end of last season. We are disciplined and we know how we want to play. We are confident.”
Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink doesn’t think Raheem Sterling was well respected at City. He claims that Pep Guardiola always considered letting the winger go, instead of making him an integral part of the team. Micah Richards, a man who knows the City inside and out, disagrees.
I think it’s actually four on the bench.
Brian Deane is in midfield at Elland Road and has had to discuss scoring the first Premier League goal 30 years ago. I’m sure he has a few more stories to tell.
Cucurella starts for Chelsea. Sid Lowe has a look at Chelsea’s Spanish journey.
Connor Gallagher starts for Chelsea and Loftus-Cheek will have another start at right-back.
Patrick Bamford misses out due to injury. It is a blow for Leeds as his replacement James is a very different player in midfield.
Leeds: Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Llorente, Struijk; Marc Roca, Adams; Aaronson, Rodrigo, Harrison; James
Subs: Klaesson, Hjelde, Drameh, Klich, Forshaw, Summerville, Sinisterra, Gelhardt
Chelsea: Mendy; James, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly; Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher, Jorginho, Cucurella; Mount, Havertz, Sterling
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Ampadu, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Chilwell, Chukwuemeka, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Ziyech
It’s the Ken Bates derby! Leeds and Chelsea go into the third weekend of the season unbeaten on four points. Two clubs have seen major changes over the summer; Jesse Marsch was finally happy to be able to leave his mark on the team he inherited from Marcelo Bielsa. They play American style and look re-energized after the Argentinian’s spell plagued them last season and only a last-day win ensured survival.
Leeds last beat Chelsea in the Premier League in 2002, but there is a new-found optimism around Elland Road. After they beat Wolves on the opening day, the stakes were high and they will be keen to see their side test themselves against a title-doubt, especially after they lost all 12 meetings with the top six last season. .
Chelsea were beaten by Spurs last weekend and the match ended with some argy-barge between the two managers. Thomas Tuchel has indicated that he is ready for battle and a summer spending spree, which is expected to continue, has all the fans very confused. Following the defeat against Spurs, Tuchel will be eager to get back on track against a team that is still finding its feet.