'Exposed' – Exclusive: Pundit claims £15k/wk Leeds ace to blame for 3-1 defeat v Chelsea

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Paul Robinson has said that Gjanni Alioski was left “exposed” on Saturday as Chelsea beat Leeds 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

He said the result was fair and that Leeds were “outclassed” for the first time in the Premier League this season.

Alisoki – on a reported £15k-a-week – was given the second-lowest rating of any Leeds player by WhoScored and struggled to get to grips with Christian Pulisic.

Robinson said that Frank Lampard got his tactics spot-on and went toe-to-toe with Leeds and were “better at it”.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I was disappointed to be fair. It’s the first time this season I’ve been disappointed by Leeds. I thought Chelsea were outstanding and Leeds were beaten by the better team.

“Even in the two 4-1 defeats I didn’t think that but against Chelsea I think they were outclassed for the first time in the Premier League.

“The 4-1 defeats might have been heavier defeats but Leeds still looked like they could cause problems in those games.

“Chelsea targeted the left-hand side when Ziyech went off and Pulisic came on. Alioski, the defending down that side, was exposed, but you have to give Chelsea credit.

“They’ve spent £200m+ and have brought in some world-class players. Leeds weren’t poor but they didn’t play as well as they could have done and you have to give Chelsea credit for that.

“Frank Lampard got his tactics spot on. Chelsea went toe-to-toe with Leeds and were better at it.”

This game at Stamford Bridge was always seen as a free hit but the goal from Patrick Bamford gave Leeds fans hope of springing a shock.

However, Chelsea came back too strong and were ultimately too good for Leeds. It’s no shame to lose to a side who are real contenders for the Premier League title, though.

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