Chelsea created enough chances to beat Leeds, insists Thomas Tuchel

Mark Walker, PA
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel felt his side created enough chances to have taken all three points in the 0-0 draw at Leeds.

Both sides hit the crossbar in the first half and both goalkeepers were forced into several decisive saves in an unrelenting game which ebbed and flowed.

The Blues extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 10 matches – 12 in all competitions – since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January.

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But the German said: “I think we could have won exactly the same game. We created enough chances, enough shots, enough touches to score one or two goals.

“Unfortunately and obviously we did not, so we have to live with a draw, but yes at the same time it was a difficult pitch, very difficult conditions, very slippery, very bouncy.

“But we accept all the difficulties in an away game against a team that puts a lot of pressure on you.”

The closest Chelsea came to scoring was when Leeds defender Luke Ayling’s first-half clearance rebounded off team-mate Diego Llorente and struck the crossbar.

Edouard Mendy made a couple of important saves
Edouard Mendy made a couple of important saves (Lindsey Parnaby/PA)

Leeds hit the woodwork soon after through Tyler Roberts’ deft chip, which Edouard Mendy brilliantly turned on to the bar.

But Tuchel believed his side had held the ascendancy, adding: “We found many situations where we could escape the pressure, where we had high recoveries of the ball.

“But we were not clinical enough on the counter-attacks, our precision or the last touch.”

Leeds fell one game short of setting a new club record of 19 successive league games without a draw, their previous one coming back in November – 0-0 against Arsenal.

Ezgjan Alioski challenges Timo Werner
Ezgjan Alioski challenges Timo Werner (Lindsey Parnaby/PA)

Boss Marcelo Bielsa was clearly satisfied with his side’s performance despite failing to score for a third straight match.

“Evidently we played against a team superior to ours,” Bielsa said. “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.

“But to be able to play a game like we did, we had to make an enormous effort.”

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Bielsa confirmed skipper Liam Cooper had missed out through illness and that he had not checked on Patrick Bamford, who was forced off in the first-half after taking a knock.

The Argentinian said Chelsea’s quality had made life very difficult for his side, but he was impressed by his players’ response.

“It’s not easy to face these types of teams,” he added. “If you take, for example the last game they played before they played us, the first proper chance that Chelsea conceded in that game was the 90th minute.

“So for us to have provoked five or six very good chances on goal has merit.”