Leeds United stun BBC pundit Pat Nevin after Chelsea 'swamped' in 3-0 win
Leeds United produced one of their best performances in many years to blow Chelsea away at Elland Road with a 3-0 victory.
Brenden Aaronson’s persistence got the ball rolling as he pressed Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy into an unforgivable error before the Premier League’s top scorer, Rodrigo, doubled the lead with a well-worked free-kick.
The Spaniard then turned provider in the second half to divert the ball into the path of Jack Harrison who completed the scoring in a man-of-the-match display.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s late red card compounded the misery for Chelsea but BBC pundit Pat Nevin was left purring at the way Jesse Marsch’s side dismantled the side that won the Champions League only 15 months ago.
“Very few people would have predicted this, a poor performance from Chelsea but a huge result for Leeds united,” Nevin said. “The work rate and hunger was there all the way through. Chelsea were swamped from the first 10 minutes and couldn’t get anything going. Leeds look steady and are going to be dangerous this season. Tuchel looks desolate.”
It has been truly extraordinary to see the transformation this team has gone through over the summer from where they were at the end of last season, barely surviving by the skin of their teeth.
They are now flying high in the Champions League places having picked up seven points from a possible nine at the start of the new season and this performance was the best of the lot.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will have been the strong favourites heading into the game having spent more than any other Premier League side over the summer but they never looked up to the test.
Marsch’s players just had far more desire than the Blues and that showed in the 11 kilometres further the home side ran compared to their visitors.
That gulf in effort won’t happen every single week but it is going to take a truly special performance to beat this Leeds United side if they carry on putting in performances on that level.