Leeds United rarely play-out a scoreless draw, but even when they do, it’s still entertaining.
After a couple of disallowed goals in the last game, The Whites had another one chalked off for a tight offside. It took just 17 seconds for the ball to reach the net from the hands of Meslier. Bamford was sent through on goal and put the ball back across to Roberts for a simple tap-in, but Bamford was just a fraction offside.
A crazy moment came next as Luke Ayling frantically tried to clear the ball away from the Leeds penalty area, but the ball cannoned off Diego Llorente and lofted over the head of Meslier. All seemed lost but the ball thankfully bounced off the crossbar into the grateful grasp of Meslier.
There were 12 shots on target in Leeds vs. Chelsea, the most in a Premier League game without a goal since October 2016 (Man Utd vs. Burnley, also 12).— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 13, 2021
One of the more exciting goalless draws we'll see this season. pic.twitter.com/wwk4NAYS5M
Leeds hit the crossbar themselves on 16 minutes as their high-press forced a turnover in the Chelsea third of the pitch. The attackers in white struggled to get the ball under control while moving it quickly, with Tyler Roberts eventually making an audacious effort from the edge of the box.
He whipped the ball high toward the far corner with the ball dipping almost perfectly behind the keeper and into the net, but his strike came off the underside of the bar and bounced away.
It was a long first-half for Leeds as Chelsea provided plenty of danger but they too couldn’t quite find the final pass or finish, with Havertz the stand-out attacker while Kante ran the show in midfield.
Chances remained few and far between for Leeds in the second half, with Raphinha coming close from a difficult position. Roberts crossed the ball well from the left, meeting the head of Rodrigo who nodded the ball on for Raphinha who had his back to goal. It went across his body before spinning to strike the ball toward Mendy who recovered his potion well to make the save.
Roberts impressive today, as were the middle three of Phillips, Struijk and Llorente, defensively. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 13, 2021
Rodrigo had perhaps the best chance of the game from a Raphinha corner-kick. Rodrigo found himself free in a central position near the penalty spot, but his header into the deck was straight down the middle and simple for the keeper.
Leeds held-out and kept a valuable clean-sheet and well-deserved point to go along with it. Chelsea were dangerous but The Whites managed to keep a hold on them for the most part but there’s always room for improvement.
Leeds now look ahead to another trip to London in a big game against Fulham.