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Llorente Gets 6.5, James With 4 | Leeds United Players Rated In Poor Loss Vs Chelsea

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Leeds United entertained Chelsea at Elland Road earlier tonight as they focused on securing a good result at home. The Whites made a poor start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the fourth minute when Mason Mount found the back of the net. Daniel James was sent off in the 24th minute which left the home team with a mountain to climb. Jesse Marsch’s men kept themselves in the contest and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Christian Pulisic made the points secure for Chelsea in the 55th minute before Romelu Lukaku scored his team’s third goal in the 83rd minute. The ten-men of Leeds ended up crashing to a poor 3-0 defeat in front of their home supporters.

Let’s take a look at how each Leeds player performed during the match against the Blues.

GK: Illan Meslier – 5/10

He made one save and one clearance during the game but will be disappointed after conceding three goals tonight.

RB: Robin Koch – 6/10

Koch was a powerful presence in the air and showed some fight when faced with adversity.

CB: Diego Llorente – 6.5/10

The Spaniard got stuck in with some solid tackles and earned the ball back a couple of times for his team.

CB: Liam Cooper – 6.5/10

He made multiple clearances inside his half and pulled off a couple of crucial interceptions as well.

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LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Lewis Bate of Leeds United looks dejected after Christian Pulisic of Chelsea (not pictured) scores their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Chelsea at Elland Road on May 11, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LB: Pascal Struijk – 6/10

He tried his best to defend his penalty box and made one good chance in the final third.

CM: Kalvin Phillips – 6/10

Phillips did protect his backline well at times but failed to stop the Blues from going wild in the second half.

CM: Lewis Bate – 5/10

He struggled to get into the rhythm of the game and was replaced in the 58th minute.

RW: Raphinha – 6/10

The Brazilian winger failed to influence the game on the attacking end of the field but tracked back to defend at times when needed.

CAM: Daniel James – 4/10

James let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 24th minute.

LW: Jack Harrison – 5/10

He failed to make an impact and could last only 39 minutes.

ST: Rodrigo – 5.5/10

Rodrigo was a frustrated figure in the Chelsea half for most of the game.

Substitutes:

LW: Junior Firpo – 6/10

He made two important defensive contributions and was a threat going forward.

CM: Mateusz Klich – 6/10

Klich added some energy to Marsch’s midfield.

ST: Joe Gelhardt – 6/10

He had one lively moment in the final third.

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