Leeds boss reveals why Chelsea are so fearful, identifies Blues strength after goalless draw

Marcelo Bielsa insists that the reason a club “like Chelsea so fearful is for the four positions in attack”, commending his Leeds side after they showed an “enormous effort” to hold the Blues to a draw.

The west London club carved out several openings at Elland Road, with Illan Meslier repelling all that came his way. However, it was their keeper Edouard Mendy who made two outstanding saves to keep Leeds at bay.

Asked if he was happy with a draw, Bielsa admitted his side had their work cut out to earn the point.

“Evidently, we played against a team superior to ours,” Bielsa said. “In the second half especially, in the first half less. We did what was necessary to play a balanced game.

“At the end of the game, the chances of both teams were similar. It’s true the superiority they showed in the first half was superior to what we showed in the second half. To play a game like we did, we had to make an enormous effort.

Bielsa was asked if the result was more pleasing for Leeds given the strength of the opposition. And the Argentine had plenty of praise for the threat that Thomas Tuchel’s side pose.

“What makes a team like Chelsea so fearful is for the four positions in attack, the two wide men, striker and one behind – they are able to count on two players for each position,” he said.

“The most difficult thing in football is positions in attack. Not easy to face these teams.

“We made a big, big effort so the game would not become unbalanced. It was a slight domination from us in the second half. More clear dominance from them in the first. Offensive production of each team was similar.

“Difficult to achieve. If you take for example the last game they played, first proper chance they conceded in that game was the 90th minute. For us, to have provoked five or six is very good.”

Tuchel explains why he chose Havertz to lead Chelsea attack against Leeds, disputes “false nine” tag

Thomas Tuchel has defended his choice of Kai Havertz to lead the Blues attack in the goalles draw against Leeds United.

The 0-0 draw at Elland Road could prove costly in fourth-placed Chelsea’s attempt to qualify for next season’s Champions League, with West Ham, Everton and Tottenham in pursuit.

Asked about Havertz playing a ‘false nine’ role, Tuchel disputed that description and said: “I think he’s pretty much a nine. I don’t think he’s a false number nine. He is a nine because he likes to be in the high positions, for him it’s not always necessary to drop to number 10 in turn.

“For me, his biggest strength is he loves to be in the high position and he loves to arrive in the box, in the six-yard box even, he loves to be there and likes to have the last touch.”

Havertz had four goal attempts, the most he has had in a Premier League game, but the 21-year-old could not apply a clinical finishing touch to his chances.

“Sometimes it’s like this,” Tuchel told BT Sport. “As long as we have chances, as long as we have a lot of touches in the box and don’t concede too many chances, the results will be there.

There were enough chances. I don’t want to be too harsh.”

(Watch Goal on Video) Martin Odegaard equalizes! Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham

The Gunners are back on level terms, and deservedly so!

The home side have been a constant threat down the left, and finally it brings their reward. From that flank, Kieran Tierney finds Martin Odegaard unmarked in the box, and the Norwegian gets a first time shot away.

It’s little more than a scuff from the Real Madrid loanee, but the shot clatters into Toby Alderweireld and deceives Hugo Lloris.

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(Watch Goal on Video) Lamela scores sensational goal! 33’…Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham

Tottenham lead with their first attempt on goal, and do so in absolutely sensational style.

There’s nowhere for Lucas Moura to go as he receives the ball from Sergio Reguilon inside the box, and his edge back to Lamela is a little heavy too.

That’s no trouble for the Argentine, however, who executes a perfect rabona, that whips through the legs of Thomas Partey and into the bottom corner.

It’s imaginative! It’s inspired! It’s impressive! It’s Spurs in front!

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Tottenham, Arsenal name line-ups as Mourinho selects strong team with Bale starting alongside Kane, Son

Arsenal, Tottenham have released their line-ups in the north London Derby and the Jose Mourinho’s side will be feeling confident about their chances.

The surprising news for Arsenal is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts on the bench. Aubameyang is dropped for disciplinary reasons as Alexandre Lacazette comes into the side.

Tottenham have named a strong team with Gareth Bale starting alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

After all, Harry Kane and Gareth Bale boast a superb record against Arsenal.

Kane has a stunning record of 11 goals against Arsenal in 12 matches.

And Bale has also enjoyed plenty of success with five goals in ten North London derbies.

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Tuchel comes up with clever “secret” to fool Chelsea’s opponents

Thomas Tuchel has come up with a clever ‘secret’ trick to fool the opponents of Chelsea.

The German tells players to use code words when they attack, so that his men know where to run when they are going forward — and who to aim for.

It is a system that includes a group of these key ‘triggers’ to let Blues stars know what side they will go down, whether the ball is put in high or low and even if it is long or short.

It seems to be paying off with Chelsea unbeaten in 12 matches since his arrival.

The Blues were well below their best yesterday but still managed to claim a 0-0 draw at Leeds.

Manchester United, Chelsea receive transfer boost as prime target’s contract talks hit snag

Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with AC Milan star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Donnarumma’s contract talks with the Rossoneri over an extension have hit a snag.

According to the Transfer Window Podcast, United and the Blues have spoken with the Italy international’s agent Mino Raiola over a potential free transfer in the summer, as that is when his deal expires.

The Red Devils are facing the possibility of losing star goalkeeper David de Gea at the end of the season but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has Dean Henderson at his disposal.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, on the other hand, is reportedly losing faith in Edouard Mendy between the sticks.

Nevertheless, Donnarumma appears to be more interested in extending his stay at the San Siro rather than moving out