Edouard Mendy had a disastrous moment in goal for Chelsea as they fell to a dreadful 3-0 defeat against Leeds at Elland Road. The goalkeeper was caught on the ball by Brenden Aaronson as the Leeds man was gifted the simplest of finishes, before Rodrigo quickly brought up his fourth goal of the season.
The Blues had the occasional dangerous moment in their bid to halve the deficit, but Jack Harrison made sure of the result with 20 minutes remaining as he finished from close range. Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off late on to cap a truly woeful afternoon for the visitors.
After last week’s disappointment for Chelsea, conceding a last-minute equaliser against Tottenham, this was their first defeat of the campaign and came in particularly worrying fashion for Thomas Tuchel, who will be hoping that a busy end to the transfer window can give the club a significant boost.
Chelsea gift-wrapped three points and three goals to the home side at Elland Road today, in a performance that will be overshadowed by the scoreline but is a testament to just how massively games can change in only one moment.
As expected, Leeds came out with an absolute madcap press and running about as if their hair was on fire, but Chelsea should’ve taken the lead inside the first minute, when Sterling worked an excellent chance but put his finish on the wrong side of the post. Chances from Loftus-Cheek and Mount followed, while Sterling had another excellent chance that he did finish but saw rightly called back for offside.
And then it all changed just past the half-hour mark, as Mendy had an unthink and gifted the ball to Aaronson, who tapped in from a yard. Leeds, in their only two minutes of true ascendancy, quickly scored a second from a set piece, which can happen.
Chelsea regrouped at half, with a formation shift, but continued the theme by wasting three chances in quick succession soon after the restart, Cucurella, Mount, and Gallagher getting in on the act.
And then Leeds scored a third with their first shot in the half, because that’s how such games go.
Chelsea’s misery was completed when Koulibaly collected his second yellow late on.